Lafayette School Board panel recommends 2 law firms

Next month, the Lafayette Parish School Board will consider divvying up its legal work between a Baton Rouge law firm and a firm in Lafayette.

The board’s executive committee met Thursday and recommended to refer education law and school personnel law matters to Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice with offices in Baton Rouge and Monroe and to refer other matters, such as those related to workman’s compensation and insurance, to Borne & Wilkes of Lafayette.

The committee’s recommendation will be submitted to the full board as an information report at the Jan. 9 meeting and will later be presented to the board as a resolution that will require board approval. The committee includes: Shelton Cobb, board president; Hunter Beasley, board vice president; and Mark Allen Babineaux, board past-president.

In October, the board voted to end its contract for special counsel with the Monroe-based firm, Escamilla, Poneck, and Cruz, LLC.

The School Board currently has a contract with Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, but also utilizes other firms, as needed.

The board advertised for legal services and considered five submissions.

In addition to the two recommended firms, the other three firms for consideration were: W. Gilbert Faulk Jr. of Baton Rouge; Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle of Denham Springs; and Dawn M. Fuqua of Lafayette.