Lottery ends contract with outside legal counsel


LITTLE ROCK — The state Lottery Commission voted unanimously Monday to end its contract with its outside legal counsel.

Meeting on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, the commission chose to terminate its contract with Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard PLLC of Little Rock, which has been its outside counsel since February 2012. The lottery has barely used the firm’s services but has been paying it a monthly retainer of $1,500.

The Lottery Commission’s Audit and Legal Committee voted last month to authorize Lottery Director Bishop Woosley to ask the firm to agree to drop its retainer or, alternatively, terminate the contract, which was set to expire in February 2014.

The firm chose not to drop the retainer but agreed to end the contract, Woolsey said Monday.