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Legal Secretary

Location:
Flowood, Mississippi, 39232, United States
Posted:
November 11, 2017

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WORK EXPERIENCE

Prior to April ****, I worked as a personal assistant to a neurosurgeon at St. Dominic s Medical Center. Before that I worked as clinical technician for a pain management doctor and I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for five years at MS Delta Regional, Medical Center, Greenville, MS. 04/1994 10/1997: Docket Clerk (Contract), Asset Forfeiture Division, U. S. Attorney s Office, Jackson, MS as a contract employee by the Department of Justice. My duties were as follows: 1. I operated various automated programs to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in case tracking the identification and disposition of assets for forfeiture.

2. Drafted a variety of legal documents such as discovery, responses, motions and documentation relevant to the current cases. Prepared subpoenas and attachments to subpoenas and other technical documents for review and approval of the assigned Assistant U. S. Attorney (AUSA) staff prior to issuance. Upon approval, processed documents and performed necessary follow-up.

10/1997 to 5/2017 Worked as a Legal Assistant, for the Civil Division: providing legal support for several Assistant U. S. Attorneys by providing litigation support, case tracking, calculating Court deadlines, and other duties in medical mal- practice, employment discrimination, and other defensive litigation against the Federal Government. I also assisted in conducting site surveys under the Americans with Disabilities Act for compliance by Government entities and public accommodations.

1. Reviewed documents and other materials produced pursuant to discovery; maintained inventory of materials produced; and prepared outlines of substance of documents/materials produced. 2. Prepared and maintained a variety of trial-related documents, e.g., discovery letters, exhibit lists, jury instructions and trial subpoenas.

5/2005-10/2007 Paralegal Specialist, Financial Litigation Unit, Civil Division, U. S. Attorney s Office, Oxford, MS: performed general civil paralegal assignments with an emphasis on financial litigation, in both civil and criminal collection matters, prepared required reports outlining collection activity and analyzing statistical data. I monitored the workflow of other employees in the Unit and assisted them with handling collection cases. 1. Conducted interviews of agents and potential witnesses to assist the AUSA in the preparation for discovery or trial; reviewed and summarized outlines of trial testimony to assist the AUSA in preparation for trial; researched, analyzed and summarized relevant legal precedents for applicability to assigned cases, and prepared digests of points of law involved. 10/2007 to 2/28/2017: Legal Assistant, Financial Litigation Unit, U. S. Attorney s Office, Jackson, MS. As a Financial Litigation Legal Assistant, my duties were as follows: 1. Maintained a civil and criminal caseload of approximately 518 cases. 2. I worked independently preparing a variety of substantive legal documents to include various motions, garnishments and other legal actions to effect necessary post-judgment action regarding debts owed to the U.S. government for review and approval of the attorney, prior to being issued. Upon approval of drafted pleadings, I filed and processed documents, and maintained a calendar to complete necessary follow-up. 3. I reviewed claims for compliance with Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act (FDCPA). I analyzed the type of indebtedness to determine the necessary course of action to open cases in our case tracking system. In civil collections, I processed debt collection claims referred from client agencies. These assignments embrace the full scope of collection litigation activity from the initial review of claims for compliance with the Federal Claims Collection Standards, to making independent determinations as to the cost-effectiveness of pursuing the obligation by using proceedings subsequent to the entry of judgment to enforce collection. I independently made recommendations for debt compromises, write-offs, and referrals of claims back to the originating agency. I decided on an appropriate legal action to take to liquidate assets by exercising post-judgment remedies such as garnishment of wages and financial accounts, executing on property and analyzing financial statements and supporting documents in order to determine the debtor s ability to pay. I also participated in judgment debtor examinations and drafted repayment agreements. 4. In criminal cases, I independently performed all functions to collect debts imposed by the judgment. These debts included special assessments, fines, restitution to victims, and any applicable interest or penalties. I prepared default notices, demand letters, and often communicated with debtors by phone or letter in order to maximize recovery for crime victims.

5. Assignments varied based on the case, but characteristically involved analyzing legal decisions; compiling substantive information on legal subjects; and collecting, analyzing, and evaluating evidence in connection with hearings, litigation or advisory services when these assignments required a specialized knowledge of law. This work is performed in close collaboration with the attorney(s) responsible for the case. 6. I am proficient in using various research databases including Lexis/Nexis, Pacer, Analytics, Accurint, and Clear. 7. Reviewed bankruptcy notices or pleadings from the Department of Education and other government agencies to see if the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) is a creditor in the Bankruptcy proceeding. If appropriate, I prepared the Proof of Claim or other legal documents in consultation with the FLU Assistant United States Attorney and other attorneys from different agencies.

8. I experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as data base software used for case tracking. Operated a variety of computer programs to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of tracking litigation. 9. I completed technical and legal research that may include technical manuals, web-sites, and other sources. EDUCATION:

Associates Degree in Microcomputer technology, Hinds Community College, I was on the Dean s list and graduated Cum Laude.

Member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Also, I have completed three semesters of the Paralegal Certificate program at Holmes Community College and was on the Dean s list the entire time.



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