Appointed: January 13, 1978
Mr. Weisberg graduated from Cornell University with honors in 1965, and received his J.D., cum laude, in 1968 from the University of Michigan, where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Michigan Law Review. Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Weisberg entered an Office of Economic Opportunity lawyers’ program sponsored jointly by VISTA and the New York University Law School. In connection with that program, Mr. Weisberg represented indigent residents of Brooklyn, New York in a variety of civil matters, and he received an LL.M in Urban Law from New York University Law School.
In 1970, Mr. Weisberg came to Washington as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service. During his first three years at P.D.S., he was on the trial staff, representing juveniles and indigent criminal defendants in both the Superior Court and the United States District Court. In 1973, Mr. Weisberg joined the appellate staff of P.D.S., becoming the Chief of the Appellate Division in 1974. As Chief of the Appellate Division, he supervised all of the appeals handled by P.D.S. attorneys in th District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals, and at the same time litigated his own cases in both Courts as well as in the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Weisberg has served for the past two years as a member of the Advisory Committee on Procedures of the Judicial Council of the District of Columbia Circuit and also serves on a subcommittee of the District of Columbia Judicial Planning Committee appointed by Chief Judge Newman to measure the performance of the Court of Appeals in reference to the ABA Standards relating to appellate courts. Until his appointment, Mr. Weisberg was also a member of the Appellate Council of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
He is the first Public Defender to be appointed to the Superior Court Bench.