H. Catherine Mayorkas is the Executive Director of Public Interest Programs at UCLA School of Law, as well as the Executive Director of the School of Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. As Executive Director of Public Interest Programs, Mayorkas heads the Office of Public Interest Programs, which provides an array of career- and job-search related services to students and alumni interested in exploring and pursuing pro bono opportunities, public interest internships, and/or postgraduate public interest employment. The Office, among other things, also sponsors a slate of public interest career-related events and educational programs, including the Annual Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day.
As Executive Director of the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, Mayorkas is the principal administrator of the School of Law’s academic public interest specialization, works closely with the students pursuing the specialization, and is also responsible for the development and management of Epstein Program events and initiatives aimed at the broader School of Law community.
After earning her B.A. and M.A. from UCLA and working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, Mayorkas received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, after which she practiced as a litigator in Los Angeles and engaged in extensive pro bono work. Immediately before coming to UCLA School of Law in 1995, Mayorkas served as the Co-Director of the Los Angeles Learning Centers (LALC), a national public education reform effort.