In a recent move by the Hopi Tribal Council, after moving to relieve the Law Firm of Robert J. Lyttle, PC, Attorneys at Law of its services in December, the council ultimately voted to keep the law firm’s services for now.
On December 23 the Council addressed the situation seeing a need for a General Counsel for the tribe and “the critical state of the ongoing settlement negotiations of the LCR litigation/settlement and other important cases with which the Hopi Tribe is involved.”
Recently the Council decided to “clarify its earlier action” which had terminated the contract of the law firm, by passage of Resolution H-099-2011. That was followed by the passage of H-005-2012, after being amended, to extend the services of Attorney Robert J. Lyttle, PC. The services are until the position of Hopi Tribe General Counsel is filled. Included in the Resolution was that “any third party attorneys or law firms that are employed through contract with the Hopi Tribe continue to conduct legal services on behalf of the Hopi Tribe in compliance with each contract.”
The Resolution also states:
- Authorization of payment for legal fees and expenses for the Tribe’s legal work conducted by the Law Firm of Robert J. Lyttle, PC
- “The tribe reviews and approves the incurrence of reasonable fees associated with the services provided and that the Chairman and Mr. Lyttle will report monthly, the status of Hopi legal cases.”
Resolution H-005-2012 was passed by a vote of 8 in favor, 5 opposed, 0 abstained with Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa presiding and not voting.