Highly accomplished policy analyst /attorney with broad legal knowledge who has provided counsel to state government for four years. Thorough in analyzing statutes, ordinances and data.
Ability to conduct in-depth, carefully documented and credible analysis under minimal supervision within established deadlines
Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
Knowledge of legal terminology and research
Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction
Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
08/2009 to 08/2013
Senior Policy AnalystGeorgia General Assembly – Atlanta, GA
Analyzed and objectively summarized proposed legislation to determine its effectiveness and the impact of its passage on the state and other entities and individuals.
Monitored and coordinated the progress of committee legislation through committees of reference and on the floor.
Monitored the implementation of legislation in the Executive and Judicial Branches to ascertain that legislative intent is met.
Provided oral and written advice and counsel on emerging trends and risks.
Conducted research projects and performed legislatively mandated studies.
Prepared oral and written reports on research and committee work such as committee reports, interim projects, and oversight reports which include recommendations for legislative action.
Provided problem-solving assistance, research, and information for senators, their constituents, and the public.
Prepared letters, summaries, factsheets or talking-points for speeches, reports, and informational memoranda on committee issues at the request of the committee chairman, other senators, or staff director.
Established and maintained liaison with officials in state agencies who have responsibilities in the purview of the Senate's mandate, or affecting the Senate's areas of responsibility; particularly ethics, higher education, banking and judiciary.
Established a way of tracking minority students that receive the state lottery scholarship. Saved the state untold money in legislative costs as the minority party was drafting a bill requiring the formation of a state agency to track minority students that receive the state lottery scholarship.
02/2008 to 08/2009
AttorneySelf-Employed – Atlanta, GA
Developed strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
Interpreted laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
Drafted legal briefs and opinions for all clients.
Analyzed probable outcomes of cases using knowledge of legal precedents.
Contracted as a freelance researcher and reviewer.
Wrote memoranda and reviewed legal briefs.
Managed all trial preparation for case litigation.
Filed all case pleadings in a timely manner.
Creatively formulated trial techniques that specifically pertained to each case.
Explained available courses of action and possible repercussions of cases to clients.
Drafted objective memoranda for each case.
Assisted client in obtaining sole custody of his children in a divorce proceeding where spouse was abusive and a temporary restraining order was necessary to protect the children and spouse from further harm.
01/2008 to 04/2011
Legislative InternRon L. Book, P.A – Tallahassee, FL
Addressed strategic issues of public policy.
Researched and tracked legislation.
08/2007 to 11/2007
Legal ExternAdvocacy Center for Persons With Disabilities – Tallahassee, FL
Conducted legal research.
Assisted clients with legal issues.
Drafted fact sheets for the Center.
05/2007 to 12/2007
Research AssistantFlorida State University – Tallahassee, FL
Researched and analyzed property law, estate issues, and contract issues for professors using a variety of research methods and resources.
08/1998 to 05/2005
Lead Teacher, Music SpecialistFulton, Dekalb, and Troup County Schools – Atlanta, GA
Supervised fine arts staff.
General music teacher.
Responsible for all PTA programs and all special events.
Used professional teaching skills to assist students achieve optimum development of skills and mastery of knowledge.
Developed lesson plans and modified existing academic curricula to meet individual learning needs.
Directed the work of an organizational unit.
Facilitated cooperation and teamwork, and supported constructive resolution of conflicts.
Delegated activities to achieve desired results.
I was promoted to lead teacher after two months.
In a partnership with the Guidance Counselor, I started a mentorship program for the schools' at-risk students.
06/1993 to 08/1998
Administrative AssistantCharCo, Inc – Saraland, AL
Created detailed expense reports and requests for capital expenditures.
Directed guests and routed deliveries and courier services.
Answered and managed incoming and outgoing calls while recording accurate messages.
Maintained a clean reception area, including lounge and associated areas.
Drafted biweekly time sheets for 50 executives and employees.
Completed data entry and other general clerical work.
Employed with this company throughout college and used salary to pay 100% of undergraduate tuition and expenses not covered by scholarships.
J.D.: Florida State University, School of Law - Tallahassee, FL
Bachelor of Arts: Music Education University of South Alabama - AL
Georgia Bar License #199022
1/2009 to 1/2010 Volunteer Attorney, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Atlanta, GA and Dekalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Decatur, GA
Assisted with Domestic Violence program. Helped women in abusive relationships obtain temporary restraining orders or protective orders against their abusers and in some cases, file for divorce.
01/2007 to 4/2007 Tax Preparer, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Tallahassee, FL
Prepared taxes for qualifying clients and advised clients of tax options.