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Lawyers' Fees For Me, But Not For Thee



The Seattle school district that denied a pupil a school placement because of his race is arguing that its opposing counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine, should not be entitled to nearly $1.8 million in attorney fees because it took the case pro bono.

"Davis Wright Tremaine is a large law firm. They have a big name and blue chip clients," said Shannon McMinimee, assistant general counsel of Seattle Public Schools. "They definitely don't need to rely on their pro bono cases to make them money to sustain the law firm."

Gee, I guess that when you use racist criteria to deny someone equal access to public schools you should realize that lawyers' fees may be shifted, even if the law firm used by the aggrieved party is not an improverished one. That said, here's hoping Davis Wright donates its fee to charity: maybe to the Center for Equal Opportunity, for example.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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