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Westonites Needed for Legal Review Committee

WESTON, Conn. – First Selectman Gayle Weinstein says she is on the hunt for any residents who would like to join the Weston Legal Review Committee.

The first committee was originally formed in 2008 to review the work of the town attorney and legal fees accrued over any litigation, Weinstein said.

One of the recommendations made by that committee was that the town should form a legal committee every four years.

According to the preliminary mission statement of the Legal Review Committee, which has yet to be approved by the Board of Selectman, the committee is expected to “offer an opinion on the quality of legal counsel and fee structure provided by Cohen & Wolf,” who are the town's current legal team.

The committee will also be charged with “determining whether an alternate arrangement might be in the best interest of the town,” the mission statement says. By doing so, the committee could ask the town to solicit proposals from other law firms.

The scope of the proposed committee could also included reviewing “closed and settled” legal cases or contracts concerning Weston’s boards, commissions or departments, from 2008 to 2011.

The formation of the committee in no way represents a lack of faith in the work provided by Cohen & Wolf to the town, Weinstein said Friday that.

“We just want to make sure we are getting the best representation possible,” she said.

The committee, once formed, will report its findings to the Board of Selectmen by Oct. 1. If anyone wants to become a part of the committee, send a letter of intent to the Board of Selectman, PO Box 1007, Weston, CT, 06883

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