Elected Attorney General Candidates Forum:
Brave New World?
Lorie Masters, Karl Racine, Edward Smith, Lateefah Williams and Paul Zuckerberg
Washington, D.C. This November 4th, for the first time in District of Columbia history, the voters will elect an Attorney General. In anticipation of this momentous event, the D.C. Affairs Section of the DC Bar and co-sponsoring sections and organizations are hosting an Elected Attorney General Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Bring your questions and hear what the candidates are thinking about this brand new D.C. elected office.
The co-sponsoring DC Bar sections are the Criminal Law and Individual Rights; Family Law; Real Estate Housing and Land Use; Environment, Energy and Natural Resources; Antitrust and Consumer Law; Courts, Lawyers, and the Administration of Justice; Health Law; Corporation Finance and Securities, Taxation and Labor and Employment Law Sections. Co-sponsoring organizations include the Washington Council of Lawyers, Council for Court Excellence, ACLU, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, DC Vote, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, League of Women Voters of DC, DC Appleseed, DC Leadership Development Council, and the Consortium of Universities.
Mike DeBonis will moderate the Forum, asking his questions and yours. Mr. DeBonis is a highly regarded journalist who covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. Mr. DeBonis joined the Washington Post in 2010 after spending six years at Washington City Paper as a reporter and editor, including three years writing the Loose Lips column on District politics.
The new office was created by a November 2010 vote by District residents to amend the D.C. Home Rule Charter. A somewhat convoluted path of legislative amendments and appeals lead to the Court of Appeals requiring the inclusion of the race on the November 4th ballot, meaning a very short period in which voters can meet their prospective AG.
The Forum will let the public have an opportunity to meet the candidates and judge their ability to lead the District government’s legal corps: Lorie Masters, Karl Racine, Edward Smith, Lateefah Williams, and Paul Zuckerberg.
The Forum is free, but seating is limited so please "register" here. Please note, though that this does not guarantee a seat – but the RSVPs will allow us to plan for how much room (and food!) we will need. All members of the public are welcome to attend. However, if you can’t attend, UDC Cable TV is taping the event and it will be available afterwards. A link to that video will be posted on the web page below and on the DC Bar website. Parking is available at UDC; for parking information and rates: see http://www.udc.edu/parking.
For questions, contact Susan McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 202.806.2530. To register and for more information, see http://www.law.udc.edu/event/AGForum.