South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long has hired the firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP to defend the state in a lawsuit over the school-aid formula. Long described the case as countering education and schools expert witnesses from the parents and schools challenging the adequacy of the state-aid formula. “There are these pods of experts who go around the country assisting people who bring lawsuits in these matters,” Long said. “This firm has experience in dealing with those experts and defending states in these kinds of cases.” ArgusLeader.com also reports:
Long said the firm was brought to the case because of its experience in handling similar lawsuits in other states. The firm will help examine and cross-examine expert witnesses in the case, he said. Most recently, the firm worked with state officials in Missouri in a school-funding case, and the state won that case, Long said.