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Department of Justice Representation of Federal Employees in Fair Employment Suits


Government attorneys are not prohibited by 18 U.S.C. § 205 from representing federal employees in judicial personnel administration proceedings, as long as the representation is uncompensated and is not inconsistent with the attorney’s performance of his or her official duties. However, Department of Justice regulations prohibit departmental attorneys from representing federal employees in fair employment suits in federal court, explicitly limiting such representation to administrative complaint procedures.

Updated July 9, 2014