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Alexander Acosta -- Department of Justice
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights

R. Alexander Acosta serves as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. The Civil Rights Division is responsible for enforcing federal civil rights statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, handicap, religion, and national origin. Prior to his service as Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Acosta served as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB"), an independent federal agency responsible for administering and interpreting the National Labor Relations Act, the principal private sector national statute regulating labor relations. Mr. Acosta has also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. A native of Miami, Florida, Mr. Acosta earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard College and his law degree from the Harvard Law School. After graduation, he served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and then worked at the Washington office of the Kirkland and Ellis law firm, where he specialized in appellate practice and labor issues. Mr. Acosta is the 2003 recipient of the Mexican American Legal Fund's Excellence in Government Service Award. He has also taught several classes on employment law, disability based discrimination law and civil rights law at the George Mason School of Law.

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