Class of 1995
B.A., Literature and Cinema, University of Southern California
Pierce County Prosecutor
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist '95 was a screenwriter in Hollywood and an acclaimed novelist, but he always wanted to be in a courtroom. Being a prosecutor is the only legal job he's ever had. He started as an extern while in law school, and he was hooked. Like most young deputies, he started out prosecuting misdemeanors, and worked his way up, serving in the special assault unit, as trial team chief of the drug unit and eventually chief criminal deputy before becoming the county prosecutor.
"I always wanted to be in a courtroom. It is high-volume, it is high stress, it is high-drama. It's also a lot of fun. I get to do public service, feel the rush of adrenaline, and enjoy the camaraderie of good people."
Mark has worked with the law school on recruiting students and graduates. He encourages anyone interested in trial work to apply for externships with his office.
"We view our externships as nine-month job interviews. We look at them as potential deputy prosecutors. The best way to get a job here is to be a good intern."