A Day in the Life of an Assistant District Attorney
May 16, 2017
Mark grew up in Hertfordshire, England, and now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three young children. Over the years, he has been many things: ski instructor, journalist, personal trainer, and bra folder (he lasted one day: fired for giggling at the ridiculousness of the job. If it’s any excuse, he was just nineteen years old.)
His first real career was as a newspaper reporter in Colchester, Essex. There, he covered the police and crime beat for almost two years. He also wrote stories on foreign assignments, including accounts from Northern Ireland while with the British Army, and from Romania where he covered the first-anniversary celebrations of that country’s revolution.
Mark moved to America in 1994, mostly for the weather. He attended journalism school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and then law school at Duke University, graduating with honors and a lot of debt. And one helluva wife.
He is currently an Assistant District Attorney with the Travis County DA’s office. Or, as he tells his kids, “I help catch bad guys.” Simplistic, yes, but you try explaining the judicial system to six-year-old twins!
He has prosecuted a Mexican Mafia enforcer, murderers, rapists, robbers, and a transvestite prostitute. (He felt bad about the last one.)