Pro Bono Cases
WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE
Jane Doe v. United States (Fed. Cir. 2004) cooperating with NW Women’s Law Center
Rita challenged the denial of an abortion to the wife of a man in military service here in Washington covered by the government health insurance program. The regulations denied coverage for medically-necessary abortions even when the fetus is diagnosed with anencephaly, a condition where it has no brain and cannot survive.
RESULT: The woman was able to receive the abortion and its expenses were covered.
Roshandel v. Chertoff, (W.D. Wash. 2008) cooperating with ACLU and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Rita challenged the long delays in processing background checks of lawful green card holders applying for naturalization as US citizens. After the federal district court certified the case as a class action, the case was settled in time for the applications to be processed in advance of the 2008 election.
RESULT: The 500 plus plaintiffs she represented won the right to vote in that election.
“DAVID VERSUS GOLIATH” LAND USE CHANGE
Neighbors for Notice LLC v. City of Seattle, (W.D. Wash. 2013)
Rita challenged Seattle’s development practices that allowed construction of backyard houses in single-family residential neighborhoods without notice to neighbors.
RESULTS: The City Council was forced to impose an emergency moratorium on small-lot development, amending the City Code.