Experienced, Criminal Law Paralegal with proven victim relation skills and an ability to multitask multiple criminal cases at a time. Loves to research and learn about the law. Excellent legal writing skills. Enthusiastic Paralegal skilled in Criminal Law, with more than 8 years in legal administrative assistance with The Office of the State's Attorney's for Baltimore City. Reliable and successful at maintaining complex docket systems, tracking deadlines and coordinating depositions. Effective at taking on large and small tasks with little guidance or outside help. Successfully applies excellent time management skills and expert knowledge of legal procedures.
Increased office organization by developing more efficient filing system and customer database protocols.
Wrote a step-by-step procedure manual to help other legal secretaries and staff understand office practices and legal processes.
Managed a calendar of hearings for an average of 60-90 files at any given time. Completed advanced training in research relating to laws, regulations, judicial decisions and legal articles.
Work directly with the Grand Jury for the Circuit Court of Baltimore City.
Review and process indictments for the Grand Jury of Baltimore City. Circuit Court. Input criminal data of defendants. Prepare warrants for the Baltimore City Police Department. Type indictments and criminal information. Log all cases into the judicial dialog. Assign all case indictment numbers after true bills are approved by the Grand Jury.
Provide a copy of the charging documents to each division of the States Attorney's Office. Maintain court files and return to various office divisions. Assist with directing telephone line, routine questions and inquiries from the general public about various things.
Prepared for trial by organizing case exhibits and evidence. Accurately entered defendants data into a SAO-based software program. Examined discovery, motions, writ, warrants, subpoenas, •Submitting of paperwork / documents for reviewing and processing. Making all the data easily understood and comprehensible. Keeping all the case records organized, so that it is found quickly. Providing all sorts of required help to the attorneys. Researching all the possible data related to a certain case. Providing help to the criminal prosecutors in any investigation as required. Providing help to criminal prosecutors the in gathering legal paperwork. Interviewing witnesses and all other sources in the investigation. Reviewing court decisions. Verifying all court records and making sure they are written in a good form. Performing all administrative tasks and duties. Analyzing the legal information provided for the concerned case. Handling any kinds of complaints, or various petitions. Handling emails, letters, answering phone calls and solving the issues on phone.
Managed the receptionist area, including greeting visitors and responding to telephone and in-person requests for information. Designed electronic file systems and maintained electronic and paper files.Handled all media and public relations inquiries.Maintained the front desk and reception area in a neat and organized fashion. Planned meetings and prepared conference rooms. Dispersed incoming mail to correct recipients throughout the office.Supplied key cards and building access to employees and visitors. Facilitated working relationships with co-workers. Made copies, sent faxes and handled all incoming and outgoing correspondence. Organized files, developed spreadsheets, faxed documents and scanned documents. Managed the day-to-day calendar for the Homicide Deputy. Received and distributed faxes and mail in a timely manner. Managed daily office operations and maintenance of equipment.
Balanced duties of a Paralegal/Forfeiture Coordinator in two different units at the same time, Civilian Review Unit and Asset Forfeiture Drug Unit in two fast paced units. Organized and executed an extensive court calendar with up to 20-30 cases daily. Prepared for trial by organizing case exhibits and evidence.Accurately entered client data into SAO JD-based software program. Managed the trial calendar, judicial calendar and master calendar. Prepared mailings and handled high call volumes. Researched legal documents or details that would establish evidence. Drafted judicial correspondence and handled all court mailings, subpoenas, petitions, warrants, medical records, bank records, prepared cases for Felony Review, and completed criminal backgrounds on defendants. Arrange mediation for victim's and defendants. Acted as court liaison between judges, court administration, attorneys, government agencies and the public. Arranged all correspondence on behalf of the attorney. Coordinated efforts for successful outcomes in cases involving $ 2,000 settlements more. Worked with attorneys and case reviewers to resolve legal complaints. Prepared complainants for interviews and court hearings. Coordinated with multiple departments regarding responsive documents and document retention. Trained incoming staff on office procedures and case specific duties.
Legal System training
Coursework in English, Communications and Writing
Coursework in Economics, Government and Political Science
CPR Certification 2013
CFC State of Maryland Provider Care Certification # 667801700
Office of The State's Attorney's JIS training 2006
SAO Performance Award 2007-2010
CJIS Legal System training 2012
Grand Jury Charging Database Legal System training 2008
SAO Team Building Shills Training 2008
Continuing Education in Communications / Power Point
Judicial Dialog Legal System training2012
High Switchboard training 2009
SAO Victim Witness Coordinator Training 2014
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