Alex Acosta trades law enforcement for university campus with early goal of trumpeting successes of FIU law school
R. Alexander Acosta clerked for Samuel A. Alito Jr. when the US Supreme Court justice served on the US Court of Appeals. He also served as the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and spent the past few years as US district attorney for the Southern District of Florida, where he helped convict former lobbyist Jack Abramoff of fraud.
But while presidential appointments and high-profile prosecutions dot Mr. Acosta's resume, the Miami-raised attorney understands he wouldn't have gotten there without his educational opportunities. He plans to give back as the new dean of Florida International University's College of Law.
"There are so many challenges we face as a nation, many of which can be overcome through education. I looked forward in my career and said, "Where can I have impact? Where can I contribute?'" he says.
His aims as dean of the 7-year-old law school include getting graduates jobs, boosting fundraising and growing a national reputation.
Mr. Acosta spoke about what motivates him at the College of Law's administrative offices with Miami Today staff writer Scott E. Pacheco.
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