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Two Loyola Law Alumni Tapped to Serve in the Obama Administration

Two Loyola Law School alumni were recently appointed to posts in President Obama’s administration.

Alejandro Mayorkas '85 is Obama’s pick to be director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He will lead an organization of more than 15,000 federal and contract employees, and is responsible for the accurate, efficient and secure processing of immigration services.

“Alejandro’s expertise covers a wide array of issues critical to the department, including law enforcement, civil rights, computer crime and international money laundering,” said Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, in a statement.

Mayorkas was the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California from 1998 to 2001. He since has served as a litigation partner at the Los Angeles-based law firm O’Melveny and Myers.

L.A. Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan ’93 has been appointed Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy Development in the Department of Homeland Security.

“Arif has been instrumental in advancing my administration’s central priorities of preparing Los Angeles to respond to natural disasters and against the threat of terrorism, increasing public safety, and putting 1,000 new L.A. Police Department officers on our streets,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the Los Angeles Times. “I wish him luck as he assumes this new role with the Obama administration, and look forward to his continued efforts to help protect L.A. and our nation’s cities.”

Alikhan was the first section chief of a new Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, the largest judicial district in the nation. He also has served as a judicial law clerk to U.S. District Judge S.W. Lew in L.A., and has worked for law firm of Irell and Manella.