Participant Profile: Mark Eskenazi
(these are my personal views, not those of any office of the federal government)
Where I work
National Labor Relations Board
My job title
My job function
Litigate issues of labor law concerning the Constitution, Bankruptcy Code, Privacy Act, subpoena enforcement, and other areas.
Description of employer
Resolves labor disputes between unions and employers, effectuating the National Labor Relations Act.
Interest in public service prior to Georgetown Law
It was a childhood dream to do this – to do legal work for the federal government.
Specific event, class or professor who inspired me to enter into public interest/government employment
Professor Gottesman's enthusiasm for teaching employment law was a major influence.
Steps taken while at Georgetown Law to pursue a career in public interest
Through GULC's extern-credit program, I worked at the Justice Department, which confirmed that government law was the right fit for me.
My involvement with OPICS while at Georgetown Law
I met with Barbara Moulton several times to discuss career options, and attended interesting OPICS speaker events.
My experience with public interest positions since graduating Georgetown Law
For the last year I have really enjoyed working for the NLRB because the work is rewarding, my colleagues have helped me become a better writer and thinker, and I have a great deal of autonomy over my cases. I argued my first case in federal court last month!
How LRAP benefits enable me to remain in a public interest career
Without LRAP, I could not be doing this work. I am incredibly grateful for this significant opportunity.
What I like most about my position
I work with very smart, down-to-earth professionals who went into law to make a difference for people with lesser opportunities than themselves.
What I am most proud of in relation to my work
I am able to carry out a mission I believe in – fulfilling, to the greatest extent possible, the important goals of the National Labor Relations Act.
My overall opinion of LRAP
The LRAP program allowed me to truly follow my dreams in the law. It is a vital program.