Lawyers from Reed Smith are stepping in pro bono to fight the D.C. Council's decision to delay the city's transition to an independent, elected attorney general.
The council voted Oct. 1 to push the election back from 2014 to 2018. Paul Zukerberg, a lawyer and former D.C. Council candidate, challenged the delay in court, arguing the council unconstitutionally ran afoul of the charter amendment approved by voters in 2010 calling for the first election to take place in 2014.
Zukerberg was serving as his own lawyer until last week, when Reed Smith partner Gary Thompson entered the case as Zukerberg's attorney. Reed Smith partner Marc Kaufman joined the case yesterday. Zukerberg said that when he started asking law firms earlier this month about taking the case, Reed Smith expressed interest and "was ready to jump up on such short notice."