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Legal Networks


Access to CII's Legal Networks


The CII will make information about private lawyers available upon request and at no charge to current and former officers of the CIA and their families, others seeking help because of issues arising fromt their acting on behalf of CIA and, as appropriate, current and former associates of other elements of the intelligence community. 

CII can assist persons who seek personal legal representation in many ways, first by discussing options, pro's and con's.  Sometimes it might become clear immediately whether a person needs help from private lawyers or other experts. The CII helps intelligence officers get the assistance they need, no matter who gives it.  

  • Once a person concludes that he or she would benefit from the assistance of a personal attorney, it can be difficult to decide where to turn even after looking in online or other directories of lawyers.
  • CII helps identify experienced lawyers who can help them with their particular issues.


Individuals in CII’s legal networks have:


Experience to provide advice and counsel about the unique challenges and risks arising out of the activities of intelligence personnel, including those carried out in connection with their services to the country related to national security and combatting terrorism.  


  • Current and former employees turning to CII have been helped in congressional hearings and investigations, criminal court cases (with a finding of 'not guilty'), concerns involving polygraph tests, security reviews and appeals, and resolution of questions about prepublication review obligations.


  • Legal questions for these and other situations have required the expertise of attorneys skilled in many areas of the law including not only criminal law and procedure, but also administrative and employment law, equal employment opportunity, workman's compensation and employee benefits, as well as areas relating to employee and press freedoms, and more.


Current or past security clearances and a reasonable expectation of being able to obtain the requisite security clearances to represent CIA and other intelligence officers in connection with legal matters related to their involvement in classified activities and other sensitive matters.


What does all this cost?

The CII provides assistance without charge.  Although CII tries to identify lawyers who are willing to provide services without cost to the employees or at reduced fees, any agreements for legal representation are strictly between the lawyer and the intelligence officer on terms they alone may determine. 


Does CII represent employees?  

The CII provides information and counseling, but does not provide or participate in the provision of legal advice or personal representation of CIA or other intelligence officers. 




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