Over 13 years Paralegal experience with 10 years of Program management and courtroom administration experience in the military (United States Air Force) and civilian sectors. Very efficient Paralegal with in-depth knowledge of courtroom management and court procedures, as well as valuable record-keeping and budgeting skills. Keen supervisory, managerial, and leadership skills. Excellent computer skills and proficient with database management systems and word processing programs such as Adobe, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. A capable problem-solver with strong personal interaction skills and the ability to work with co-workers, judicial staff members, as well as the public. Extremely organized, detail oriented with the ability to work under pressure while still maintaining deadlines. The go-toperson to get things done. Self-starter who requires no supervision.
Reports generation and analysis
Training and development
Applied safety procedures and policies as outlined in Department Safety Manual; no safety mishaps
Served as a key contributing member to Leadership team.
Created a step-by-step guide to help clients complete pertinent court documents; reduced revision/correction rates by 90%.
Hands-on leadership; ensured Paralegals exceeded the Air Force goals for processing trials and other non-judicial actions
Created new departmental procedures for referral intake- reduced time to assign new referrals to attorneys from 3 days to 1 day
Legal Secretary, 08/2013 － 11/2014Tully Rinckey, PLLC － Arlington, VA
Supported two Partners and other Associates (as needed).
Prepared/edited a variety of documents with attention to detail and ensured all materials were error-free and grammatically correct.
Transcribed as needed.
Interfaced with Firm's Accountant on attorneys' WIP (work-in-progress) and accounts receivable balances.
Assisted with client billing, ensured timely processing.
Coordinated attorney travel arrangements.
Maintained calendars to include scheduling meetings, interviews, consultations, depositions and hearings.
Tracked filing, hearing and trial dates and deadlines.
Set up new client matters and performed conflict checks.
Worked closely with other members of the firm, outside counsel and Judges.
Performed computer-based legal research as needed.
Electronically filed legal documents internally/externally and with various Government Agencies and Courts.
Prepared and assembled materials, documents and exhibits for meetings, court appearances and hearings.
Maintained e-files and physical files according to company procedures, including scanning and posting of all correspondence, emails, telephone calls, faxes, etc. to ensure proper file compliance.
Researched inquiries and requests for information; and general office duties as assigned for the professional operation of the law firm.
Provided extensive client support and outstanding customer service
Office Purchasing agent.
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Supervisor, 06/2002 － 10/2012United States Air Force Moody AFB － Valdosta, GA
Directly managed, mentored and trained law firm staff members.
Developed and implemented training programs for staff on policies, procedures, equipment and software.
Conducted numerous team-building and training sessions on a variety of topics, i.e. manual/computer-based legal research, proper filing procedures, and trial support.
Served as primary advisor and liaison between the Managing Partner, attorneys, junior paralegals and other office administration.
Assessed the urgency of situations and determined appropriate actions, monitored status of pending items, provided follow up and kept management informed by communicating a wide variety of information.
Assigned and ensured tasks were completed on time and in accordance with office guidelines.
Prepared annual performance reviews for support staff and addressed any necessary employment improvement issues.
Maintained court docket and Judges' and Attorneys' schedules.
Operated and maintained law library.
Procured and maintained library publications, computer equipment, and office supplies.
Researched services and equipment for purchase consideration.
Conducted monthly inventory on office equipment.
As Court Administrator, selected and managed jury members and bailiff (provided instructions on courtroom policies and procedures).
Constantly communicated with Judges on daily courtroom operations.
Monitored record-keeping systems and databases; ensured files in were properly maintained and staged off-site as needed in accordance with AF guidelines
Ensured courtroom was properly equipped and staffed, i.e. video conferencing and court reporting equipment.
Coordinated travel arrangements for office personnel to include Judges and trial witnesses using military travel system (the Defense Travel System (DTS)).
Assisted victims and witnesses during the trial process.
Investigated facts/circumstances of alleged crimes, interviewed witnesses, and obtained sensitive information from investigating agencies.
Prepared budget requests and spending plans to meet office goals (including courtroom needs).
2013American Military University － Manassas, VAB.SLegal StudiesLegal Studies