Getting to Know Derek Mosley, director of the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education

Derek Mosley, a 1995 graduate of Marquette University Law School, began his role as director of the Law School’s Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education in January following a 20-year career as a judge of the Milwaukee Municipal Court.

As Mosley begins his first full academic year with the Lubar Center, he sat down with Marquette Today to talk a bit about his family, his favorite hobbies and the best career advice he’s received.




Wife, Kelly (Law ’95); daughters, Kallan and Kieran; and dogs, Rollo and Leon.

Hobbies and interests:

Officiating weddings, Chicago sports, fishing.

Favorite movies:

I’m a huge fan of horror movies: “Get Out,” “The Conjuring Series,” “A Quiet Place.”


My heroes are the unnamed men and women of African descent in America from 1619 to 1865.

Derek Mosley with his family in Iceland.

Favorite quotes/mottos:

To the world we are just one person, but to one person, we can be the world.

Currently reading:

“How the Word is Passed” by Clint Smith.

Favorite vacation spots:

I really love Iceland.

Biggest career learning experience:

Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

Fun facts:

I went to high school with Shonda Rimes (famous for “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Bridgerton,” etc.).