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Pro Bono Victory for Washington, D.C., Budget Autonomy

March 21, 2016

Boies, Schiller & Flexner has won a historic victory affirming the power of the Washington, D.C., lawmakers to control how locally raised taxes are spent. In a ruling on March 18, a District of Columbia Superior Court judge upheld the 2013 Budget Autonomy Act, saying the lawmakers had lawfully exercised their power to gain control over the spending of local funds.

The D.C. Council was represented pro bono by Karen Dunn, a Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner in Washington, along with co-counsel.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson described the ruling as a historic step in the District of Columbia’s quest for home rule. “The Council, and indeed the District, is in no small part indebted to the work of Karen Dunn of Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Brian Netter of Mayer Brown,”  Mr. Mendelson said in a statement. “These pro bono attorneys have, like the council, been a part of this fight since day one.”

In an editorial on March 21, The Washington Post said the council “had the advantage of able pro bono counsel, Karen Dunn and Brian Netter.”

Related Lawyer: Karen L. Dunn

External Link: Chairman Mendelson Statement on Historic Victory for District Autonomy