JUVENILE AND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY AND GUARDIAN AD LITEM
Legal proceedings knowledge
Strong verbal communication
Strong legal background
Excellent investigative and reporting skills
Active member in good standing with the Ohio Bar Association since 11/2007
Volunteer Magistrate - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Diversion Program since 2009
Ohio State Bar Association member
PTO Board Member - Vice President of Parent Education and Advocacy 2011 - 2012
Coordinator - University Hospitals - David Satcher Clerkship Community Mentors Program
Member of the Guardian ad Litem Advisory Committee
Member of the Cleveland Medical Association Advisory Board
Juvenile and Family Law Attorney and Guardian ad Litem, 09/2011 to Current Joi Taylor Powell, Esq. – Shaker Heights, OH
Solo practitioner/Litigator in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, and Cuyahoga County Probate Court.
Advocate on behalf of minor and adult clients as a court-appointed and privately retained attorney.
Represent clients in guardianship and family law matters, including divorces and dissolutions, private custody and child support.
Investigate and present best interest recommendations to the courts as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for minors and/or adults in child support, delinquency, unruly, abuse, neglect and dependency cases.
Court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court's Phoenix/Mental Health Court docket.
Guardian ad Litem for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court's Safe Harbor docket.
Conduct home visits, attend team meetings, interview all parties and associated individuals.
Draft motions, pleadings, briefs and reports in a timely manner.
Interpret laws, rules and procedures for individuals.
Question and cross-examine witnesses throughout the course of trials.
Develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
ASSISTANT PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, 06/2008 to 08/2011 Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office – Cleveland, OH
Litigated child abuse, neglect and dependency cases in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
Interviewed, subpoenaed and prepared witnesses, including experts, to testify at trial.
Researched and analyzed applicable case law, statutes and procedural rules when filing complaints, motions, objections, or stays of execution.
Requested, reviewed and analyzed documents to be introduced as evidence during trial.
Negotiated the resolution of cases whenever possible.
Research Contractor, 06/2006 to 03/2008 Taylor Education Consulting, Inc – VA
Researched and analyzed various national and international systems of education on a project-oriented basis.
Categorized and summarized relevant and pertinent information specific to each project.
Developed documents to be submitted and applied to the final project goal.
Assisted in the development of policy briefs submitted to a national education lab.
Reviewed all documentation for accuracy, quality and compliance.
Senior Liability Claims Representative, 07/2000 to 11/2000 AmTrust Financial Group (formerly Credit General Insurance Company)
Evaluated insurance policies and analyzed damages to determine coverage for construction liability claims until the Ohio Department of Insurance ceased all of the company's operations.
Product and General Liability Claims Adjuster, 06/1999 to 07/2000 Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc – Southfield, MI
Senior Liability Adjuster/Team Leader, 02/1998 to 06/1999 Cambridge Integrated Systems, Inc – Troy, MI
Evaluated insurance policies and analyzed damages to determine coverage for third party, premises liability claims on behalf of Kmart Corporation.
Liability Claims Representative, 03/1996 to 04/1997 American Commerce Insurance – Phoenix, AZ
Analyzed and evaluated personal injury insurance claims.
J.D.: Law, 2006 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law - Cleveland, OH
BBA: Marketing, 1988 Howard University - Washington, D.C.
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Companies Worked For:
Joi Taylor Powell, Esq.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
Taylor Education Consulting, Inc
AmTrust Financial Group (formerly Credit General Insurance Company)
Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc
Cambridge Integrated Systems, Inc
American Commerce Insurance
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Job Titles Held:
Juvenile and Family Law Attorney and Guardian ad Litem
ASSISTANT PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
Senior Liability Claims Representative
Product and General Liability Claims Adjuster
Senior Liability Adjuster/Team Leader
Liability Claims Representative
J.D. : Law , 2006 BBA : Marketing , 1988
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