Participant Profile: Clifton Drake
Where I work
State Attorney's Office, First Judicial Circuit of Florida
My job title
Assistant State Attorney
My job function
Prosecute felony offenses arising in Okaloosa County, Florida
Description of employer
Prosecute all criminal cases in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida
Interest in public service prior to Georgetown Law
I always had an interest in government, but didn't know what I wanted to do long-term prior to entering law school.
Specific event, class or professor who inspired me to enter into public interest/government employment
I attended a public service panel (sponsored by OPICS I think) that included state prosecutors, and I was fascinated.
My involvement with OPICS while at Georgetown Law
Attended several OPICS events
My experience with public interest positions since graduating Georgetown Law
It's very rewarding and it's easy to go to work every day because I know I'm making a difference.
How LRAP benefits enable me to remain in a public interest career
I probably couldn't afford to be in my current job if it weren't for LRAP.
What I like most about my position
Working for justice
What I am most proud of in relation to my work
My job allows me to fight for justice and protect my local community.
My overall opinion of LRAP
Outstanding and necessary – it's the only way I'm able to have the job that I do, and I love it.