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Litigation Attorney

Location:
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Posted:
November 13, 2017

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RENÉE N. SEWCHAND **** Astilbe Way • Odenton, MD *1113

410-***-**** • ac3auq@r.postjobfree.com • Barred in MD

Eligible to waive into DC

EXPERIENCE

MULTIPLE ORGANIZATIONS

Pro Bono Attorney, May 2015 – Present

Offered to assist and/or provide legal representation, and worked with such organizations as the NAACP, ACLU, Maryland Legal Aid, and the City of Baltimore in various regards, including: helping to clean up Baltimore after the Freddie Gray riots; monitoring voter protection; providing training to immigrants and other groups regarding their rights when encountering the police and immigration enforcement officials; assisting intake for Spanish-speaking callers; providing legal representation, research and writing assistance for various civil rights cases, including those demanding transparency from police, the President’s travel ban, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s violation of social media policy and constituent rights of free speech; and participating in the seminal case Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, et al. v. Gov. Larry Hogan, et al., currently pending in federal court in Maryland, challenging the constitutionality of life sentences for juvenile offenders and seeking reform of the state’s parole system.

TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE COALITION Washington, DC

Special Counsel to the AAWLC, May 2016 – Present

Serve as special counsel in all respects to the African American Women and the Law Conference, an annual policy conference that addresses the impact of current law on Black women and girls, and develops recommendations to improve public policy.

Participate in working group to develop written product of policy proposals to be used by lobbyists, activists, community organizers, and other advocates for Black women and girls.

Organized multiple plenaries and fifteen workshops, with more than sixty panelists, on such topics as education, housing, healthcare, police brutality, criminal justice reform, voting rights, and international human rights. This responsibility included: developing workshop proposals; identifying and inviting speakers; drafting the written program; handling all logistics and catering at the host location, National Education Association; and serving as handler for Congresswomen in attendance and Baltimore Mayor at the time, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Conducted election protection with the Voting Rights Alliance and worked towards minimizing voter suppression and ensuring the rights of all Americans to vote.

MARON MARVEL BRADLEY & ANDERSON, LLC Wilmington, DE

Member, May 2014 – July 2014

Assisted with BP’s coordination of medically based claims filed against it arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.

Oversaw reporting to BP regarding certain mass toxic tort cases throughout the United States.

GOODELL, DEVRIES, LEECH AND DANN, LLP Baltimore, MD

Partner, January 2012 – March 2014

Associate, September 2004 – December 2011

Trial attorney with experience overseeing and handling all aspects of defective design and other complex products liability litigation, including e- and fact discovery, expert development, depositions, motions practice, witness trial preparation, argument and examinations of witnesses at trial, and post-trial/appellate briefing.

On behalf of international pharmaceutical company, brought complex antitrust suit alleging anticompetitive contracting, promotional, and advertising conduct against first-to-market competitor.

As national trial counsel for a leading pharmaceutical company and for a national manufacturer of material handling equipment, second-chaired trials in federal courts in Arkansas, Missouri, and Florida, and in state court in West Virginia. Also was fully responsible for pre-trial work-up for federal cases in Maine, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Louisiana, and state cases in Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and New Jersey.

Defended national consumer products companies and property owners in personal injury cases alleging chemical and environmental exposures.

Collaborated with other counsel across the country to defend pharmaceutical clients in mass tort, multi-district litigation.

Versed in FDA regulations governing prescription drug labeling, advertising, and promotion (21 CFR 201, 202 et seq.), as well as the regulatory process for obtaining and maintaining approval for a new drug application.

Clients have included Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., Pfizer Inc., Wyeth, Eisai Inc., Crown Equipment Corp., S.C. Johnson, and 3M.

THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS Philadelphia, PA

Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, August 2003 – August 2004

Prior to judge’s elevation, conducted research, analyzed, and wrote judicial opinions on the district court level.

On the appellate level, completed bench memoranda in preparation for oral argument and research for motions rulings.

NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (LDF) Washington, DC

Legal Intern, Summer 2002

Assisted in the investigation and analysis of judicial nominees to federal courts to determine whether the LDF should support the nominations.

CROWELL & MORING LLP Washington, DC

Summer Associate, Summer 2002

Completed research memoranda in the practice areas of litigation, antitrust, and labor and employment.

UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION Washington, DC

Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel, Summer 2001

Analyzed circuit conflict regarding federal sentencing guidelines.

Updated sentencing caselaw and produced training materials.

Summarized congressional hearing transcripts regarding comment on the guidelines.

Researched public opinion concerning the severity of white collar crime and organization sentencing guidelines.

UNITED STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE Washington, DC

Policy Intern, General Government Division, Summer 2000

Participated in a team responsible, under Congressional mandate, for evaluating the needs and inefficiencies within the criminal justice system for the District of Columbia, with an emphasis on the police department’s papering process and the City’s forensic needs.

ROCHON ROBERTS & STERN / LAW OFFICES OF G. ALLEN DALE Washington, DC

PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICE FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington, DC

Criminal Defense Investigator, August 1997 – June 1999

Independently conducted investigations of death penalty cases and other serious felonies, including murder, kidnapping, racketeering, rape, arson, and drug distribution.

EDUCATION

DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW Durham, NC

Juris Doctor, May 2003

Death Penalty Clinic

School Representative to the 2001 ABA Judicial Clerkship Program

Hardt Cup and Dean’s Cup Moot Court Competitor

TERRY SANFORD INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC POLICY Durham, NC

DUKE UNIVERSITY

Master of Public Policy, May 2003

Public Policy & International Affairs Program – National Fellowship Recipient

oWoodrow Wilson Fellow, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Class of 1996

Thesis: Creating the Innocence Review Commission: A Step Towards Identifying Wrongfully Convicted Persons in North Carolina. Report presented to the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Chairman

DUKE UNIVERSITY Durham, NC

Bachelor of Arts, December 1996

Conducted study in Oaxaca, Mexico on undocumented migration to the United States, from the perspective of Mexican migrants and their families.

Was actively involved in Duke/Durham communities to address concerns of the burgeoning Latino population as to healthcare, education, employment, and general cultural matters.



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