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Linda Singer
Appointment as Attorney General
November 10, 2006




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Linda Singer
Attorney General

Linda Singer will join the Fenty Administration as the District of Columbia's Attorney General, bringing an extensive record of social justice and public service with her.

Since 1993, she has served as executive director for Appleseed, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a just society. As its first full-time staff member, Singer spurred the growth of Appleseed to an 18-office field operation with a staff of more than 70 and a national budget of more than $7.5 million.

Called "pro bono's new frontier" by American Lawyer magazine, Appleseed's overall strategy was led by Singer who built a strong expertise in organizational development and change, having overseen the creation and support of Appleseed's network of local field offices, including the DC Appleseed Center, which has become one of the most respected and effective local advocacy organizations in the District.

Prior to joining Appleseed, Singer served for nearly three years as a staff attorney in the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City, where she handled thousands of cases in the trial court. She tried several felony cases, securing acquittals in all. Singer was recognized for her work with the FILL IN fellowship. After leaving Legal Aid, and before joining Appleseed, she worked on two books with New York University law professor, Derrick Bell.

Singer has served as a board member and chair of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in New York, which provides funding for grassroots organizations working to advance environmental justice and reproductive health care. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Family Economic Self Sufficient Program of Wider Opportunities for Women. She has been an advocate on local school reform issues and currently serves on the local school restructuring team at Northwest Washington's Murch Elementary School, which her children attend.

She has been a member, in good standing, of the NY Bar since 1992 and has a pending application before the DC Bar.

She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and of Harvard College. She is married to Joseph Sternlieb and has two children, Erin and Lucas.

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