Best of 2004: Neal Katyal

This rising legal star is not your run-of-the-mill liberal.

Bridging Ideologies. Just a few years after clerking for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Georgetown University law professor Neal Katyal represented Al Gore in the 2000 election battle. More recently, Katyal traveled to Cuba to challenge the military-justice system at Guantanamo Bay; he also consulted with the Pentagon on the subject. Not a predictable liberal, Katyal, 34, believes in strong presidential power and tough law enforcement and has coauthored briefs with conservative scholars. Says Katyal: "Everything I do tries to bridge people of different ideologies."

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.
 

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