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"L.A.'s Dopest Attorney" Has Harvard Pedigree

7.29.08

Deep in the New Yorker's exploration of the "gray-area" economy of California's marijuana growers and dispensers, a Harvard tidbit...

Deep in the New Yorker's extended exploration of the "gray-area" economy of California's marijuana growers and dispensers—the article, wrapped around cartoons and poetry, spans 13 pages—is a Harvard tidbit. Allison Margolin, J.D. ’02, the article notes, "has a reputation for getting cases dismissed," and even for getting pot plants out of police custody and back to the growers from whom they were seized.

Margolin's office is apparently in a building owned by Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. The Harvard-trained lawyer, a graduate of Beverly Hills High School and Columbia University, has something in common with clients: she holds a doctor's letter permitting her to possess marijuana legally for medical use (to treat an anxiety disorder, she told author David Samuels).

Margolin's personal website, where she bills herself as "L.A.'s dopest attorney," contains more information, links to previous media coverage, and a YouTube video showing her with a client.