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  Name:   Mr. Mark Gaston Pearce
Month: April 2011
Schools: Cornell BA 1975
State University of New York at Buffalo JD 1978
Organization: National Labor Relations Board
Title: Board Member

Since his appointment by President Barack Obama in March of 2010, Mark Gaston Pearce has served as Board Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Pearce is a former partner in the labor law firm of Creighton, Pearce, Johnsen & Giroux and, by appointment of the Governor, served as a Board Member of the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals. Mr. Pearce is a graduate of Cornell University and University of Buffalo Law School, where he served as president of that school´┐Żs chapter of the Black Law Students Association. His legal experience prior to private practice includes fifteen years with the National Labor Relations Board field offices representing the General Counsel of that agency as a civil prosecutor, investigator and district trial specialist. He has served, by appointment of the Governor on the NYS Commission to Increase Diversity in State Government and the Amistad Commission. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a member of both the New York State and American Bar Associations.

His past work for other lawyers and the community includes service Board membership of the Erie County Bar Foundation ; president of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Erie County Board directorship of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and membership of the Eight Judicial District of the State of New York Committee on Character and Fitness. Mr. Pearce taught for many years as adjunct faculty for Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations. He has lectured and given Continuing Legal Education presentations for the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the AFL-CIO, Cornell University and the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Pearce has received recognition and awards from the Minority Bar Association; Buffalo and Rochester New York Chapters of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; the Coalition for Economic Justice; the Communications Workers of America; 1199 SEIU; Uncrowned Queens Inc.; 1490 Enterprises Black Achievers; Superlawyer (Western New York Edition), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Buffalo Spree Magazine and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Students of Color.



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