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There is no law that prevents you from having an attorney present. However, for the vast majority of claimants this does not make practical financial sense, as a lawyer will cost hundreds of dollars an hour and will need to charge you both for prep time and actual hearing time. That cost will largely if not completely offset any benefits you may be awarded, not to mention that if you lose you would wind up owing money.
The good news is that it is really not necessary to have a lawyer at an unemployment hearing. The hearing process is set up for people to represent themselves. The formal rules of evidence and civil procedure that would apply in a courtroom do not apply to this sort of administrative hearing, so it's really just about your ability to personally persuade. Any evidence you have, whether it be documents, emails, personal testimony, or sworn witness statements, will be admitted and considered if deemed reliable by the judge. This is a far better way of handling the situation than paying an attorney to represent you.
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