The panel created by Governor Tim Kaine to study the Virginia Tech shootings has hired an outside law firm for advice.
The international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom will work with the panel on a pro bono basis. The states' attorney general's office has been advising the panel, state police and Virginia Tech.
According to the panel's chairman Gerald Massengill, because of the independent nature of the panel, outside counsel was necessary to provide legal advice.
Governor Kaine created the panel in order to study the circumstances and responses surrounding the April 16 tragedy.