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RULE §57.4Request for Qualification Process

(a) An Agency seeking to obtain legal services from Outside Counsel must publish a Request for Qualifications for Outside Counsel in the Texas State Business Daily for thirty (30) days.

(b) The Request for Qualifications for Outside Counsel publication must contain:

  (1) a description of the legal services that the Outside Counsel will provide;

  (2) the name and contact information for an Agency employee who should be contacted by an attorney or law firm that intends to submit their qualifications;

  (3) the closing date for the receipt of qualifications;

  (4) the procedure by which the Agency will make a selection of Outside Counsel;

  (5) notice that the selection of and contracting with, Outside Counsel is subject to the approval of the Office of the Attorney General; and

  (6) any other information the Agency deems necessary.

(c) After the closing date for the receipt of qualifications, the Agency may select an Outside Counsel. The Agency may only select an Outside Counsel that complied with the Request for Qualifications for Outside Counsel. The Agency shall make the selection of Outside Counsel:

  (1) on the basis of demonstrated competence and qualifications to perform the legal services; and

  (2) for a fair and reasonable price, which includes, but is not limited to, the hourly rates or fixed fee basis or fee schedule and expenses for legal services.

(d) Conflict of Interest.

  (1) After selecting the Outside Counsel, the Agency shall require the law firm to submit a written disclosure statement identifying every matter in which the firm represents, or has represented, within the past calendar year, any entity or individual in any litigation matter in which the entity or individual is directly adverse to the State of Texas or any of its boards, agencies, commissions, universities, or elected or appointed state agency officials in connection with their official job duties and responsibilities. "Litigation" means the matter has been filed in the public record in either state or federal court.

  (2) If a disclosure statement is submitted, it must include a short description of the nature of the matter and the relief requested or obtained in each matter and any identifying cause or case number.

(e) The Agency shall determine given the disclosure statement whether to continue with its choice of Outside Counsel.

Source Note: The provisions of this §57.4 adopted to be effective March 27, 2012, 37 TexReg 2065; amended to be effective June 5, 2014, 39 TexReg 4233

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