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Learn How to Obtain a Security Clearance with Mark Zaid, Esq. '89

Join Mark Zaid, Esq., a renowned national security attorney who represents federal employees within the Intelligence (including spies), Military and Law Enforcement Communities, as well as defense contractors, to learn how he obtains and maintains his clients’ access to classified information. Mark will guide students through the process of completing an SF-86 National Security Questionnaire, explain what to expect during polygraph examinations, and provide advice on how to maximize your chances to qualify for federal employment requiring a security clearance. This is a unique opportunity for any UR student who is interested in Summer Federal Internships or a career path in such agencies as the CIA, NSA, FBI, Foreign Service or military.

Mark Zaid, Esq. ’89 is a Washington, D.C.-based attorney who specializes in crisis management and innovatively handling simple and complex administrative and litigation matters relating to national security, international law, foreign sovereign and diplomatic immunity, and the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts.

Through his practice, Mark Zaid, Esq. often represents former/current federal employees, particularly intelligence and military officers, defense contractors, Whistleblowers and others who have grievances. He is also the Executive Director and founder of the James Madison Project, which educates the public on issues relating to intelligence gathering and operations, secrecy policies, national security and government wrongdoing. In 2017, Mark Zaid, Esq. co-founded Whistleblower Aid, a non-profit law firm that provides pro bono legal representation to whistleblowers, particularly in the national security arena.

Mark Zaid, Esq. earned his JD from the Albany Law School of Union University where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review, and earned his BA in Political Science and History from the University of Rochester.

This program introduces and/or helps students begin to develop the following College Competencies:
Career Design & Management, Oral and Written Communication

Learn more about the College Competencies at https://www.rochester.edu/college/academics/competencies.html

Please note: If you or an event participant require disability-related accommodations, please contact David Cota-Buckhout (dcotabuc@ur.rochester.edu) as soon as possible, ideally at least 3-5 business days in advance of the event. Thank you

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