One might have expected InsolvenCity's in-house lawyers -- and in particular relatively new solicitor Daniel Regan (left) -- to be among the attorneys least likely to invite scrutiny of conflict-of-interest and liability-for-bad-advice issues, but that expectation would have been based on the assumption that Mr. Regan and his colleagues are capable of translating the self-preservation instinct into effective action.
The league in which a city solicitor operates differs substantially from the world in which someone can, say, submit a sketchy liquor license application and, if anyone starts asking questions, simply withdraw the documents without further inquiry or penalty. City councilors -- who occupy a position from which they could teach that lesson -- should consider these points when dealing with InsolvenCity's law department, regardless of whether a city lawyer (a) claims to be offering legal advice to council or (b) acknowledges advocacy for the mayor's interests rather than those of the city.
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