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Assistant Office

Gainesville, FL
May 26, 2016

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Gainesville, FL 32608


Education Hammel College Riviera Beach, FL

July 1990 Paralegal Certification

December Valencia Community College Orlando, FL

1986 Social Work Studies

October Orlando Vocational Institution Orlando, FL



03/02- 03/16 Office of the Public Defender 15th Judicial Circuit West Palm Beach, FL

Felony Legal Assistant

Assisted three to four attorneys at a given time in the representation of their clients facing first to third degree felony charges

Handled all incoming telephone calls for attorneys

Scheduled meetings and conferences, coordinating all parties

Responsible for scheduling depositions of essential witnesses to case

Daily communication with police department agencies to order evidence for cases as requested by attorneys

Paralegal functions in assisting attorney for preparing a case for trial from the beginning; drafting templates for motions, filing notice of hearings

Assisting attorneys in contacting potential experts

Maintained attorneys’ calendars with complete Microsoft office tools

10/01-03/02 Elder Justice Center West Palm Beach, FL

15th Judicial Circuit

Administrative Clerk

Handled all incoming customer matters in terms of filing paperwork in appropriate case files

Answered telephone calls and assisted individuals with to the correct departments, whether elder housing requests, social security questions, medicare etc.

Responsible for keeping the latest up to date the information for the Courts

Managed and analyzed data input from others in weekly generated reports

04/99-09/01 Office of the Public Defender 15TH Judicial Circuit West Palm Beach, FL

Felony Legal Assistant – Major Crimes Department

Assistant to maximum two attorneys who represented individuals charged with homicide

Major crimes department is the highest department in the public defender’s office because the clients represented in that department faced the death penalty

Was responsible of assisting the attorney from the beginning of the case to the end to mitigation

Responsible of handling the client’s families in a sensitive fashion as majority of these cases went on for years

Handled all telephone calls, assisted in preparation of exhibits, maintain attorney’s calendars, scheduling depositions and evidence viewings.

References available upon Request

-Carey Haughwout, The Public Defender 15th Judicial Circuit

-Barbara White, Esquire (second in command at Public Defender)

-Elsa Lopez, Felony Secretary Supervisor

-Shakira Ali, Esquire

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