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Renée Flaherty

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Renée Flaherty is an attorney with the Institute for Justice. She joined the Institute in 2013 and litigates cases to secure property rights, economic liberty and free speech in both federal and state courts.

Renée successfully represented families in defense of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, which was upheld by the North Carolina Supreme Court in July 2015. Her work has also resulted in the return of thousands of dollars seized for civil forfeiture to innocent property owners and a court victory for ridesharing drivers in Chicago.

Renée’s views and opinions have been published in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and The Atlantic.

In 2019, Harvard Law School selected Renée as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow. As part of the fellowship, she advised HLS students about careers in public-interest law.

Prior to joining the Institute for Justice, Renée worked in private practice as a tax controversy associate at the Washington, D.C., office of Bingham McCutchen, LLP. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2011. Renée also graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Renée Flaherty is a member of the D.C. bar.

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