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New lawyers to represent Moffat County school district

The board of education has selected new legal representation after conducting interviews during a special meeting of the board Wednesday.

Grand Junction based Hoskin, Farina & Kampf Professional Corporation was selected to replace lawyer Kathleen Sullivan.

Sullivan was legal council for the Colorado Association of School Boards and provided legal services to the board in recent years. She has accepted a position with the Cherry Creek School District, prompting her resignation, said School Superintendent Dave Ulrich at the board's special meeting recently.

The board interviewed three firms:

• Hoskin, Farina & Kampf Professional Corporation with main office in Grand Junction and offices in Gunnison and Denver.

• Lyon Gaddis Attorneys and Counselors with offices in Longmont and Louisville.

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• Semple, Farrington and Everall, P.C. Attorneys at Law with offices in Denver.

Lawyers representing each firm were asked 10 questions regarding expertise in labor and employment law, special education law and bond counsel.

"They are all qualified," said board member Sue Voloshin.

Questions were also asked to determine how firms would make themselves available, ensure a smooth transition, help mitigate risk and bill the district.

In both his letter of proposal and presentation to the board, lawyer David Price, representing Hoskin, Farina & Kamf, addressed his firm's ability to travel to Craig, as is his practice with many clients.

"I visit them (school boards) at least once a year… my price for that is you buy me dinner," Price said.

In addition to Price, lawyer Tammy Eret was present to represent the firm and spoke of training she received from Sullivan in special education law.

"My training came from Kathleen. I am a parent of a special needs child. I bring that perspective in trying to resolve issues," Eret said.

Hoskin, Farina & Kamf was the only firm, of the three interviewed, to offer a monthly retainer fee structure.

Price encouraged the board to consider a retainer even if they didn't select his firm.

"As brief consultations of this nature are not 'on the clock,' school administrators are more apt to involve us when legal issues or problems are first presented, rather than after a crisis has developed or a claim has been made," wrote Price in his proposal letter.

This proactive approach, their proximity to Craig, humility, integrity and retainer fee structure gained the support of broad members and superintendent resulting in Hoskin, Farina & Kampf's selection.

"I liked their experience and connection with CASB. Their connection with the Western Slope is good," said board member JoAnn Baxter.

Superintendent, school board and lawyers now will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.