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Karl A. Racine
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Equity Section

The Equity Section defends the District of Columbia and its officials and employees in large complex constitutional litigation brought against the District challenging its laws, regulations, policies and practices.

The Equity Section handles cases that:

  • Seek injunctive and other declaratory relief that impacts executive level agencies and their programs and policies.
  • Often implicate claims under the First, Second Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments to the Constitution.
  • Involve class action claims and other systemic challenges to the services, practices, conditions and/or care provided by District agencies and departments, and/or challenges to their component operations.
  • Seek to enjoin enforcement of or otherwise challenge any District laws.
  • Challenge a variety of regulatory actions taken by District agencies.

Because Equity cases often address purported systemic problems with agency programs, practices, and policies, attorneys typically advise a number of constituent District agencies on matters related to pending litigation and/or matters in which orders awarding permanent injunctive relief have been entered. This includes court oversight of various consent decrees and other ongoing challenges to court oversight or monitoring of executive-level agencies.

Significant cases have included, but certainly are not limited to:

  • Constitutional challenges to the District gun laws and to the implementation of Neighborhood Safety Zones.
  • Challenges to Reductions in Force by various District agencies.
  • Challenges to the manner in which the District provides educational services to children with special education needs.
  • Claims under the District of Columbia Whistleblower Protection Act.
  • Defense of Mayor Fenty’s take-over of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
  • Defense of the law and implementing regulations requiring meters in District taxicab.