In any universe other than the one inside the Beltway, attorney Paul Zukerberg would be the overwhelmingly favorite to serve as the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Zukerberg has the legal chops for the job; he’s practiced law in Washington D.C. for twenty-eight years, focusing on complex traumatic brain injury cases on the civil side to and marijuana and drug possession on the criminal sides.
But Zukerberg doesn’t just practice law, he changes it too. He’s been instrumental in galvanizing the movement to decriminalize pot in DC – which took effect in July 2014. And in fact, there wouldn’t even be a direct DC Attorney General election this fall at all but for Zukerberg’s successful lawsuit to overturn a DC Council decision to postpone the elections until 2018.
Yet despite Zukerberg’s vast body of work, the Washington Post questions his qualifications and ultimately, endorsed his opponent, Karl Racine. The reason? Racine hails from venerable Venable, a prominent D.C. based big law firm, while Zukerberg’s solo. And in a stratified company town like DC, it doesn’t matter what solos do or how much they accomplish (including beating big law at the Supremes), at the end of the day, they’re still small potatoes in comparison to big law.
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