About the Public Interest Division

The Public Interest Division both defends and prosecutes actions on behalf of District agencies. It accomplishes this by

  • Enforcing the District’s laws and regulations before administrative tribunals and courts.
  • Defending the District and its officials in challenges to government programs and actions that seek non-monetary relief.
  • Defending the District before the Contract Appeals Board in disputes involving contracts with the District.

The Division is organized into three sections.

Civil Enforcement Section

The Civil Enforcement Section is responsible for affirmative litigation and prosecutions that support the enforcement of the District’s laws and regulations. The Section defends litigation involving administrative appeals of final District agency actions to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and to the District of Columbia’s Office of Administrative Hearings. The Section also recovers funds to satisfy Medicaid liens filed by the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance.

Equity Section

The Equity Section defends the District (including its officials and employees) in class actions and other major civil lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Section focuses on cases that seek declaratory and injunctive relief. The Section’s cases often include constitutional claims under the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments, as well as challenges to District government programs and actions. The Section also represents the District’s interests in consent decree and other ongoing judicial monitoring cases.

Government Contract Section

The Government Contract Section defends the District in contract disputes, including general breach of contract and unjust enrichment claims, before the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Contractor disputes include, but are not limited to, contractor challenges to terminations for default, requests for equitable adjustments due to delays, and differing site conditions, and general contract payment disputes. The Section also defends the District of Columbia in appeals of bid protest decisions filed in the Superior Court.