Oregon Department of Energy
"ORS 180.235 provides that the Attorney General may authorize a state officer or agency to retain separate counsel only where representation by the Attorney General of multiple officers or agencies would tend to create a conflict of interest," Leith wrote. "No such circumstance exists here. Certainly, there is no conflict of interest merely because the Department of Justice conducted a criminal investigation related to the same contracting practices. Similarly, the fact that we already have provided legal advice to you on the related personnel matters does not create a conflict that would preclude us from providing futher legal assistance on those matters. Lacking any circumstances that would create or tend to create a conflict, we are without statutory authority to grant your request."