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Argued February 19, 2002

The appellant, Sheryl L. Hall, seeks reversal of the district court’s March 28, 2001 opinion and order denying her motion to disqualify the Department of Justice (DOJ) from representing appellee Hillary Rodham Clinton (Clinton) and dismissing her lawsuit against Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). See Hall v. Clinton, 143 F. Supp. 2d 1 (D.D.C. 2001) (Hall II). In the district court, Hall, a former White House employee, sued Clinton under common-law tort theories of tortious interference with contractual relations and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In addition, she sued the DNC, alleging that it conspired to interfere with her civil rights and that it engaged in civil conspiracy.

As to Hall’s claims against Clinton, the district court held that the DOJ can represent Clinton pursuant to 28 U.S.C. s 517 because its decision to do so is either unreviewable generally or is in this case supported by “a sufficient interest to pass muster under the flexible mandate of that statute.” Hall II, 143 F. Supp. 2d at 4.

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