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Washington is full of bright young things with impeccable credentials. And Todd Kim, the District of Columbia’s first solicitor general, fits the bill. An accomplished choir singer and marathoner, he’s done the Harvard Law Review stint and the prestigious clerkship that guarantee entree to the city’s elite legal circles. But the 33-year-old former Justice Department appellate lawyer has another credential that set him apart from other candidates for the post: successful game-show contestant. In 2004, Kim appeared on ABC’s now-defunct “Super Millionaire” with Regis Philbin. “The Kimmer,” as Philbin referred to him on the show, didn’t become a millionaire. But he did walk away with a cool $500,000. The half-million-dollar trivia question: During what network TV show was a condom first advertised? (Answer: “Herman’s Head.”) Kim also excited hard-core game-show fans by appearing on “Jeopardy!” the same year. Among the “Jeopardy!” questions he got wrong, according to an online archive maintained by a former contestant: the name of the president who nominated William Rehnquist to be chief justice. (Answer: Who is Ronald Reagan? Kim picked Richard Nixon.) Kim’s latest riddle to solve will be how to gain admission to the D.C. Bar (he’s currently a member of the California bar). With the new title of solicitor general, Kim will supplant Deputy Attorney General Edward Schwab as the city’s top appellate lawyer. That will mark something of a generational shift. Schwab joined the D.C. Bar in 1969 — three years before Kim was born. A spokeswoman for the D.C. attorney general’s office says Schwab will remain in the appellate division, though it’s up to Kim whether Schwab retains his title as deputy AG. (Schwab declined to comment for this article; Kim was vacationing and did not respond to interview requests.) Of his decision to create the new position, D.C. Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti says the new office was a move “to emulate the state attorney generals’ offices.” But title changes can be confusing. When Spagnoletti took the title of AG in 2004 (dropping the old title of Corporation Counsel) he began receiving calls for John Ashcroft.
Bethany Broida can be contacted at [email protected]. Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

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