Mark K. Slaughter, ’02.

Mark K. Slaughter, ‘02, has dedicated nearly 20 years to the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office and has handled cases ranging from traffic infractions to homicides. He is the supervising attorney of the Juvenile Division of the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office. 

Prior to this, he was the driver safety hearing manager and, later, staff counsel for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, serving a total of 18 years. Slaughter was instrumental in developing and starting a collaborative Driving Under the Influence Treatment Court in Sacramento County.

He has worked with Juvenile Justice partners to develop a Juvenile Trauma Response Court to support youth who have experienced significant trauma and find themselves in our juvenile justice system. He collaborates with Sacramento ACT on immigration justice issues and is active in the Racial Justice Taskforce with St. Mark’s Church.

Slaughter is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association, Wiley Manuel Bar Association, SacLEGAL Bar Association, and he previously served as a Board of Directors member in each organization. Today, he is a Member-at-Large Board of Director with the Sacramento County Bar Association. He is also a member of the NAACP, the Black Public Defender’s Association, and the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Diversity Alumni Board.  


Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is the first in a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary.