Walter’s Corner: So You Want to Be D.C.’s Attorney General?

With the first election of the District’s Attorney General only a year away, I hope you’ll join us for an exciting event we’re co-sponsoring: “So You Want to Be D.C.’s Attorney General?” on Tuesday June 25 at 6 pm in the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Moot Court Room, Building 52, Room 518, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW.


We and our co-sponsors have assembled an esteemed panel to engage in what promises to be a robust discussion of the role and responsibilities of the District’s chief legal officer and why it is important that very able people run for the position. The event will be an opportunity for residents to learn about the office and, potentially, an event that encourages people to run.


The panel will include D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and current Attorney General Irv Nathan. It will also feature two former D.C. Attorneys General-Peter Nickles and Robert Spagnoletti-and former Ward 3 Councilmember Kathy Patterson. Shelley Broderick, dean of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and a DC Appleseed Board member, will moderate the discussion.


DC Appleseed has long been involved in efforts to improve the Office of the Attorney General, most recently suggesting that the D.C. Council put the question of electing the Attorney General to the voters in the 2010 referendum. We’re co-sponsoring the event along with the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, DC Vote, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Council for Court Excellence, DC Bar, and League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia.


If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Kathy Evangelista at, or 202-274-7437. I look forward to seeing you there.


One more thing—don’t forget to also join us for our annual awards event “Advancing DC Democracy” this Thursday evening at the Whittemore House off Dupont Circle. There will be a reception at 6, followed by a 7:15 panel discussion on D.C. democracy with former Mayor Anthony Williams and Congressmen Tom Davis (R-VA) and José Serrano (D-NY), moderated by Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post.

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