has been given the opportunity to select a new attorney to represent her in her ongoing battle
to end her conservatorship
, marking the first time the pop star has had a say in her legal representation
since the arrangement was formed in 2008.
Spears' court-appointed lawyer, Samuel Ingham, had already formally requested Spears' resignation in a court filing, but the decision needed to be approved by a California judge
The decision comes three weeks after Spears spoke out strongly against the legal arrangement that governs her life during a hearing before Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge Brenda Penny
last month. Spears stated that she wished to dissolve the conservatorship, which allows others to control her personal finances and health care
decisions, because she felt tr
“I deserve a life,” she declared at the time.
According to The New York Times
, Penny accepted Ingham's resignation on Wednesday and approved Spears' choice of attorney: Hollywood
lawyer Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor currently working with the top-tier law firm Greenberg Traurig who has previously represented other celebrities
. Rosengart was spotted at the courtroom hearing, where he was expected to begin the formal process of removing Spears from the case.
Outside, a large crowd gathered to support Spears' cause, with some holding signs that read, "The world is [watching]" and "Free Britney bitch," and others holding microphones in front of a bright pink-and-white backdrop with the slogan "Free Britney."
In Spears' case, her father
, James "Jamie" Spears, has served as co-conservator of her estate for the past 13 years. At her most recent hearing, the singer declared that the conservatorship was "abusive" and that her father "loved the control, to hurt his own daughter, one hundred thousand percent."
Spears gave several shocking examples of personal liberties that had been restricted by the arrangement as she went about her work of providing for the very people
who told her what she could and could not do.
The American Civil Liberties Union
intervened in the case on Tuesday, filing a petition in support of Spears' right to choose her own attorney.
' lawyers did not object to Rosengart representing Britney.
In the aftermath of Spears' remarks last month, Bessemer Trust
, a wealth
management firm that had been expected to join the conservatorship, asked the California judge to step down, citing Spears' opposition to the entire arrangement. Judge Penny accepted the resignation on Wednesday.
, Spears' longtime manager, also resigned earlier this month, citing the pop star's stated desire to retire.