D.C. Attorney General

About the Project

The D.C. Attorney General is part of the executive branch of the D.C. government, but the position also has an obligation to serve the public interest. As such, the officer must have a certain level of independence and stability. DC Appleseed has developed and advocated for legislation to enhance the independence and integrity of the office, including the 2010 charter amendment referendum in which the voters decided to make the attorney general an elected official. DC Appleseed then supported a lawsuit that ensured that the first election occurred in 2014, as the charter required.

Project Staff and Partners

Staff Contact: Walter Smith and Kevin Hilgers

Pro Bono Partners: Latham & Watkins LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; and Troutman Sanders LLP

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D.C. Attorney General Project Library

  • Protecting the Voters’ Right to Elect their Attorney General in 2014
  • Ensuring a Strong, Independent Attorney General