supervising attorney resume example with 13+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Professional Attorney offering expert legal counsel and representation. Skilled in fostering positive and trusting client relationships. Well-established knowledge of [Type] law and [Number] years of experience in litigation and legal drafting.

  • Strategic Planning & Process Improvement
  • Ability to gain trust and respect of employees.
  • Delegation
  • Teaching and Mentoring
  • Sound Judgment
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Collaborative
  • Communication
  • Problem-Solving
  • Visionary
  • Organization
  • Decisive
  • Agency, Problem-Solving
  • Attorney, Process Improvement
  • Budget, Quality
  • Conflict Resolution, Recruitment
  • Criminal justice, Research
  • Clients, Scheduling
  • Client, Seminars
  • Decision-making, Sound
  • Senior Management, Strategic Planning
  • Hiring, Supervising
  • Human Resource, Teaching
  • Human Resources
  • Law enforcement
  • Leadership
  • Legal
  • Law
  • Legal research
  • Litigation
  • Director
  • Meetings
  • Mentoring
  • Office
  • Negotiation
  • Negotiations
  • Negotiating
  • Organizational
  • Persuasion
  • Policies
Work History
Supervising Attorney, 06/2019 to Current
Kind IncSan Diego, CA,
  • Advise new and experienced attorneys on legal defense preparation, legal research, and negotiation strategies.
  • Maintain proficiency in identifying legal issues and substantive pre-trial, trial, and appellate motions.
  • Assess the organizational structure of a newly formed division of the office to develop a more effective and efficient process for representation.
  • Implement policies to improve client communication with attorneys and the court.
  • Enforce heighted standards for explaining the legal process to clients and fully advising clients of their legal rights.
  • Encourage attorneys to develop and propose non-traditional sentencing recommendations.
  • Proposed multiple Case Management structures for internal assignment of cases and external processing of case through the courts.
  • Employ conflict resolution strategies to address internal disagreements among staff, which includes 23 attorneys, 2 investigators, 3 mitigation specialists, and 3 legal support staff.
  • Consistently collaborate with other Supervisors to address divisional and agency challenges.
  • Earned the respect of employees, judges, and stakeholders in the criminal court system who did not know me.
  • Respond to employee request for Human Resource accommodations.
  • Delegate tasks and duties to ensure high quality work performance.
  • Confirm scheduling and court coverage for approximately fifteen criminal courts.
  • Review departmental structure and recommend policy improvements that complement client-centered advocacy.
  • Co-counsel serious violent felony trials.
  • Provide regular reports to Director and Deputy Director about division performance, needs, and accomplishments.
Director, 07/2018 to 06/2019
PerficientCharlotte, NC,
  • Directed the operations of all statewide diversity and inclusion issues within the agency.
  • Coordinated with administration and the agency at-large about best practices for diversity and inclusion.
  • Member of the statewide Senior Management Team.
  • Worked closely with the Training Division to offer training and seminars to provide education about group dynamics, open-mindedness, and effective means of addressing complex social issues such as class, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, workplace culture, and other areas.
  • Collaborated with Human Resources to resolve problems and complaints related to relevant areas of concern.
  • Assisted the Recruitment Division in strategic planning to attract the highest qualified and diverse candidate pools.
  • Presented on Inclusive Leadership Principles and Strategies at the annual Leadership Retreat to regional leaders and department supervisors.
  • Present during budget meetings for statewide agency.
Assistant Public Defender, 05/2009 to 07/2018
Lake County IlGrayslake, IL,
  • Zealously represented indigent criminal defendants in the Complex Division of Fulton County Superior Court.
  • Tried over 30 felony cases, most of which included potential life sentences.
  • Actively participated as a member of a trial team defending clients charged with crimes against.
  • Fervently developing advocacy skills including negotiating, arguing motions, and refining trial strategies.
  • Conducted client interviews, prepared and argued pretrial and trial motions, preliminary hearings, investigations.
  • Improved my understanding of how client-centered, holistic advocacy improves litigation outcomes and recidivism rates.
  • Participated on the Training and Hiring Committees.
  • Consistently served as a Supervising Attorney for law and undergraduate student summer interns and semester externs.
  • Routinely taught trial skills to Public Defenders throughout the state and nationally.
Staff Attorney, 07/2007 to 05/2009
State Of IndianaVeedersburg, IN,
  • Serve indigent criminal defendants in all phases of the criminal justice system throughout 13 sections of court in Orleans Parish including bond and probable cause hearings, investigations, motions hearings, negotiations, trials, and expungements.
  • Engage daily in issue spotting, developing case theories and trial strategies, problem-solving, complex decision-making, persuasion, research and writing, and case management.
  • Maintain and cultivate productive professional relationships with clients, witnesses, judges, attorneys, doctors, social workers, probation officers, and law enforcement.
  • Acquired efficient case-management system while working with attorneys with high caseloads.
Juris Doctor: Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, Expected in to The University of Tennessee College of Law - Knoxville, Tennessee
Bachelor of Science: , Expected in 2003 to Alabama State University - Montgomery, Alabama
Honors Degree: Political Science, Business Management, Spanish Language, Expected in to - ,
  • Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program Graduate, Class of 2019 University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy & Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.
  • Applied and was admitted to a highly selective, yearlong Leadership program designed to “develop, engage, and support” leaders from various employment sectors with a focus on integrating diversity, equity, and inclusive principles at all levels of their organizations.
  • This rigorous program explored principles of inclusive leadership beginning with its historical context and immersed participants in personal and professional development activities and assignments.
  • The course curriculum educated leaders on Individual and Interpersonal Leadership Practices; Organizational Leadership Perspectives; and Community and Societal Perspectives in Leadership.
  • Gideon’s Promise, Inc.
  • 2007 - Present.
  • Graduate Faculty Member for the Core 101 Program: 2.
  • Graduate Faculty Member for the Trainer Development Program: 2016.
  • Faculty Mentor to Core 101.
  • Strategic Planning Committee/ Focus Group Member for various endeavors within the organization.
  • Panelist for Summer Law Clerks: 2014 - Present.
  • Presented to lawyers on various legal defense topics including:.
  • Motions in Limine.
  • Advocating for the Mentally Ill Client”.
  • Full cycle trial advocacy & preparation.
  • Investigations.
  • Storytelling in Public Defense.
  • Presented on Georgia Juvenile Law to Mothers of Black Boys United (MOBBU), a national organization, on behalf of Gideon’s Promise.
  • Transition into Law Practice Program (“TILPP) 2016 – 2018, 2020 - Present.
  • F2” Facilitator Summer 2016/ Winter 2017/ Summer 2017/ Winter 2018.
  • Teaching Faculty for Virtual Program.
  • Presented on “Theory of Defense” and facilitated small-group breakout sessions.
  • Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (“GACDL”) 2009 - Present.
  • Reaching the Apex of your Defense” Winter Seminar Program Co-sponsor in January 2017.
  • Served as one of the first Legislative Lawyer ‘s of the Week (“LOW”) Bill Daniel’s Trial Advocacy (GACDL) 2010 Alumni National Institute for Trial Advocacy Alumni 2009 Alumni Speaker, Panel Moderator or Panelist addressing issues related indigent defense, communication in indigent defense and recruitment and retention for various organizations including the following:.
  • Georgia Public Defender Council, Federal Public Defender.
  • National Public Defenders Association.
  • National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists.
  • Black Public Defender Association.
  • Court TV.
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • These issues have ranged from Communicating with Clients from Different Backgrounds to Understanding the Role of Public Defenders in the criminal legal system, and How to Recruit and Retain Black Public Defenders.
Additional Information
  • Admitted to Georgia Bar, Active Certificate for Maryland Bar, Formerly Admitted to the Louisiana Bar

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School Attended

  • The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Alabama State University

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  • Supervising Attorney
  • Director
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Staff Attorney


  • Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Honors Degree

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