101 N.J.L.J. 557
June 8, 1978
School District Counsel
Suing Another School Board
The inquirer is general counsel to a regional school district,
although it does not represent the school district in matters
relating to labor management negotiations. At present the inquirer
represents two female high school coaches in a sex discrimination
suit against another school district board of education which is
not part of general school district which it represents, based upon
alleged disparities in salary received by the female coaches vis-a-
vis their male counterparts.
The inquirer is not on any list of approved attorneys of New Jersey Education Association (N.J.E.A.) and no attorney client relationships exist with N.J.E.A. Any legal fees which result from the litigation are the responsibility of the two individual coaches alone, although the complaint seeks to recover attorney's fees from the defendant school district. Inquirer understands that its clients may present its bill for legal services to N.J.E.A. for possible reimbursement to them by that organization.
The query is whether under the foregoing facts the continued representation of the two coaches in their sex discrimination suit against the school district may violate DR 5-105.