Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego CA June 2013 – Present LLM Masters in Law, Risk Management and Compliance University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Inglewood CA June 2009 – January 2013 Juris Doctorate Candidate, Witkin Award Recipient West Los Angeles College, Culver City CA February 2008 – June 2012 ABA Approved Paralegal Certificate Program Cumulative GPA: 3.687 University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder CO September 2003 – December 2007 Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in Sociology Cumulative GPA: 3.236 (Sociology Major GPA: 3.65)
Farmers Insurance, Los Angeles CA June – July 2017 Marketing Manager, responsibilities included telemarketing phone-calls to food trucks, and making spreadsheets.
Cizo.com, Santa Monica CA April – July 2016 Paid Executive Assistant, Startup Advertising Agency, Specializing in Entertainment and Movie Trailers [Full Time] –Upload Content daily onto the Website, granted access to Databases supporting Studios approved for download and upload of content to Website.
The Law Offices of John F. Nicholson, Woodland Hills CA January 2014 – Present Paid Law Clerk, Civil Litigation Law Firm Specializing in Family Law, Bankruptcy, Property, & Contracts [15hrs/week] -Conduct legal research on Westlaw, write deposition summaries, & researched and wrote motion for child support modification.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Steinberger, Beverly Hills CA August – December 2012 Volunteer Intern, Mass Tort Prescription Drug Personal Injury Cases [12hrs/week] –Organized files for mass tort prescription drug cases, data entry: entered client lists into excel spread sheets for review by outside counsel, stamped outgoing mail, & answered phone: took messages & interviewed clients to fill out DUI Intake forms.
Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Compton CA July – October 2012 Volunteer Extern, Victim Witness Assistance Program [16+hrs/week] –Providing crisis intervention services to victims of crime. Assisted Victim Advocates manage victim files & update databases. Answered phones, took messages, conducted Victim intake interviews and filled out forms. Wrote request letters to local law enforcement for police reports.
Children’s Law Center, Monterey Park CA June – August 2010 Summer Law Clerk/Extern [40hrs/week] –1 of 40 selected from over 700 applicants to be a summer law clerk. Represented children who have been abandoned, abused, and/or neglected and at risk of harm. Interviewed Clients daily in person and over the phone, conducted status check interviews, & updated client files. Wrote 241.1 motions to persuade Delinquency Courts to maintain child’s status as a dependent. Wrote detailed requests to social worker investigators to visit clients and assess current placement.
Public Counsel, Los Angeles CA October 2008 – May 2009 Volunteer Paralegal, Community Development & Homelessness Prevention [10hrs/week] –Conducted Client Interviews, made outreach and follow-up calls to clients. Filed and performed research tasks online. Organized pleadings, discovery files, and drafted memos.
Office of the City Attorney, Los Angeles CA June 2008 – August 2009 Volunteer Paralegal Intern –Civil Liability Division [20+hrs/week] –Drafted responses to discovery requests, organized & gathered documents required to be produced. Interviewed various city personnel and prepared their written responses to interrogatories. Sent letters & drafted a motion to bifurcate and severe liability.
AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
Published Book, entitled “Managing Emotions on a Crisis Hotline,” Lambert Academic Publishing July 2014 President’s Honor, at West Los Angeles College, Paralegal Certificate Program (Semester GPA 4.0) Fall 2011 Part-time Dean’s Honor, at West Los Angeles College, Paralegal Certificate Program (Semester GPAs 4.0) Fall 2011 & Fall 2008 Recipient of an “A” and Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Advanced Legal Writing (Semester GPA 4.0) June 2011 Researched, wrote, & defended Honor’s Thesis approved by CU Boulder’s Human Research Committee December 2007 Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation from Los Angeles City Attorney Rockard J. Delgadillo June 2009 Recipient of the Helping Hands Award from MESA (Volunteer Work) November 2005 Deans List, at CU Boulder, Freshman & Sophomore Year (Semester GPAs 3.5 & 3.838) Spring 2004 & Spring 2006
MEMBERSHIPS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Offsides, Womens Club Soccer Team 2009-2010 Elected, Tribune & Clerk of Rolls, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Bernard Jefferson Senate June 2012 Member, National Scholars Honor Society August 2007 Member, Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) and Research Presenter, Chicago, IL April 2006 President, International Sociology Honors Society, CU’S Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) November - May 2005 Assistant Teacher’s Assistant to Patti Adler (Criminology Professor) at CU Boulder January – May 2005 Research Assistant to Monika Hauser (Psychology Graduate Student) January – May 2005 Voting Member, Board of Directors at Wardenburg Health Center – CU Boulder Student Union October 2004 – December 2006 Captain of the Windward Girls Varsity Volleyball Team, & Soccer Team 2003, 2002-2003
Rape Crisis Hotline Counselor, Boulder CO October 2004 – August 2007 Volunteer Crisis Hotline Hotline Counselor –Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) [3-4 12hr shifts/month] –Received mandatory 40hr. training certificate, provided emotional support, counseling, information, and referrals to clients; including in-person emergency room advocacy to clients undergoing rape kit examinations, assisting police officers & detectives gather client information. Attended team meetings and training sessions for new counselors. Performed administrative duties and helped organize fundraising events.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING – CERTIFICATES
Certified Paralegal June 2012 ABA Approved Paralegal Certificate from West Los Angeles College. Certified Crisis Hotline Counselor October 2004 Completed required 40hrs/training, Boulder CO. RESEARCH TRAINING – CERTIFICATES Completion Certificates – LexisNexis Interactive Citation Workstation February 2014 Blue Book Citation Exercises for Professional Research and Dissertation Course. Advanced Westlaw Certification July 2011 Case Law Research, Secondary Sources, Advanced Statutory Research. Paralegal Training Certificates April 2008 Westlaw Fundamentals, Litigation Tasks, Statutes, & Cases. Certified to Conduct Research Study by CU Boulder’s Human Research Committee (HRC) April 2007 Obtained certification required to conduct qualitative study of vulnerable populations and participants subject to my Honors Thesis. Having HRC’s approval enabled me to examine the social and environmental factors contributing to the vicarious symptoms of trauma experienced by hotline counselors; interview various trauma specialists, professional advocates, and volunteer counselors in the field. ATHLETIC AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS University of Colorado at Boulder, Women’s Club Soccer Team August 2003 – 2004 1 of 5 Freshman selected at try-outs to play on CU Boulder’s Women’s Club Soccer “B” Team & participant at NIRSA National Collegiate Sport Club Championships Tournament in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (2003). Best Female Athlete, Windward June 2003 Received Award at Graduation Ceremony for Windward High School Class of 2003.
ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Pioneer Events and Marketing, Culver City CA November 2011 – March 2012 Marketing Representative [40-60hrs/week] –Marketed professional beauty and food products at various Costco and Sam’s Club locations across Southern California. Sold up to $1,000 worth of product at Sam’s Club in one day. Participated in national phone conferences by Smart Circle, to discuss marketing strategies. Anchored events for EVA and Herstyler Flatirons: kept track of all inventory, reported daily numbers back to management, set up booths & displays, trained new-hires basic marketing techniques, and was promoted to Leadership after about 6 weeks. Southland Management Group (SMG), Long Beach CA September 2010 – December 2010 Human Resources Assistant for Acute Dialysis Services [16+hrs/week] –Updated and edited employee handbook; assisted office manager with composing memos to staff; attended electronic medical records conference and outlined the stages of implementation; assisted Head Nurse with updating policies and procedures manuals; drafted memos and professional inter-office email correspondence letters.