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Desired Industry: Executive SpiderID: 24416
Desired Job Location: Chicago, Illinois Date Posted: 1/22/2009
Type of Position: Full-Time Permanent Availability Date: March 1, 2009
Desired Wage: 70000
U.S. Work Authorization: Yes
Job Level: Management (Manager, Director) Willing to Travel: Yes, 50-75%
Highest Degree Attained: JD Willing to Relocate: Yes

A very astute Director and Administration professional. Expert in building both strategic relationships and negotiating win-win outcomes by creating opportunity between tomorrow”¦s community and business successes with the planning, networking and management required for today. Ethical, forward-thinking, a legal-savvy professional and the analytical expertise that has been honed in evaluating the vast organizational options. Thus, transforming broad ideas and needs into realities and successful programs.
Contribute to the organization”¦s ”§market development”Ø by affecting revenue growth and guiding many areas for profitability by keen community, government awareness and communications. Extensive background in Law, business development and infrastructure program deliveries. Practiced in collaborating with organizations to survey conditions for improved administration and goal-making.

Sole Practitioner, Attorney 02/2004 ”V Present
Private Law practice handling criminal defense, personal injury, employment discrimination and mediations, landlord/tenant law. Annual revenue is about $150K: (1) full-time employee and (2) part-time employees.

ƒŽƒn Supervise 5 people (3 people and during the summer). Typical day: listing duties in the order of priority along with phone calls; court; sign documents; read files; prepare other memoranda. Meet with staff and discuss new files and delegate more duties relating to files and other issues.

ƒŽƒnSelect and hire office staff and investigators; direct the work of multiple paralegals. Manage office staff by providing instruction and direction. Conduct extensive legal research using Westlaw and other legal websites familiar to the legal community.

ƒŽƒnServe as legal counsel to individuals as well as businesses by representation in State Court and Federal Court. Represent juvenile and adults in several court issues including child protection cases in juvenile court. Represent juveniles in Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction matters in criminal court.
Recommendations at Harris Law
ƒŽƒnWon several high profile cases in 2008. Been in the Star Tribune newspaper several times with related cases; been in Spokesman Recorder newspaper; profiled on Fox 9 News, and recently on Crossroads (a talk-show on Channel 45).
ƒŽƒnOnly African-American woman in private practice that handles high-profile criminal defense cases. Well-known to be extremely relentless and full of integrity.
ƒŽƒnSpeak at William Mitchell College of Law about being in private practice, dealing with the Courts, and judges: the life as attorney.
ƒŽƒnMediate EEOC cases in an effort to resolve cases before trial.
Adjunct Faculty Instructor 06/2006 ”V Present
An accredited University with several locations throughout Minnesota.
ƒŽƒn Teach Bachelor program for paralegal, social service and the Masters in Business Administration program. As well, Criminal Law and Procedure; Intro to Criminal Justice; Legal Terminology; American Legal Systems; Law and Society; Business Law; Intro to Sociology; Contracts; Torts. For the MBA program: Politics of Leadership in a Global Economy.
ƒŽƒnResponsible for grading, teaching, giving student guidance and feedback and final exams. Develop a rapport with students of diverse backgrounds. Direct and develop significant understanding of the areas of law outlined.
ƒŽƒnPartner with the University administration to monitor the success of the students enrolled in such courses.
Interim Executive Director (Non-Profit Organization) 02/2007 ”V 08/2007
Non-Profit Legal Defense firm, free legal service for indigent defendants, budget is approximately more than $1 million per year.
ƒŽƒnInterim Executive Director for six months while the Board of Directors searched for a new director. Typical day: met with the staff attorneys to discuss the day”¦s calendar and upcoming trials. As well, met with administrative staff and investigators to delegate duties. Supervised in-court attorneys. As well, managed a staff of several attorneys, support staff and law clerks.
ƒŽƒnPrepared and presented reports to the board about saving money on office expenses (minimizing overhead), better time accountability for all staff, re-organized the offices and files, re-trained staff with seminars to create better client representation and advocacy by increasing knowledge-base.
ƒŽƒnRepresented juveniles in Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction matters in criminal court.
Recommendations at NJC
ƒŽƒn Board accepted each professional assessment. Found additional funding, wrote grants and maintained budget. Met with board members before changing or adding any expenses.
ƒŽƒnResolved conflict in the office by implementing new polices and procedures. Researched previous rules and regulations of the board and prior director; made changes accordingly.
ƒŽƒnPrepared budget reports and allocated appropriate spending for office allowances. Managed and mediated internal and external conflicts associated with the new transition. Drafted grant proposals to maintain and increase budget. Delivered employee evaluations and recommendations.
ƒŽƒnServed as a representative at community meetings. Attended Executive Board meetings on a monthly basis.
Attorney, Law Partner 10/2002 ”V 02/2004
Law firm, Family Law, Criminal Defense and Employment Discrimination, revenue was about $150K per year.
ƒŽƒnManaged and supervised a small office staff. Represented juveniles in Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction matters in criminal court. Represented adults in several legal issues. Conducted legal research using Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis. Drafted and file court documents including legal memoranda.

Recommendations at Thomas and Harris
ƒŽƒnMember of the Ramsey County Paternity Panel: represented court-appointed individuals found to be indigent.
ƒŽƒnMember of Criminal Defense Services: represented individuals that did not qualify for public defender representation but still wanted to hire private counsel.
ƒŽƒnIncreased clientele significantly and built a strong relationship with communities of color.
Certified Student Attorney/Law Clerk 03/2000 ”V 10/2001
Law firm, Family Law, Criminal Defense and Employment Discrimination, revenue was about $150K per year.
ƒŽƒnA sentencing prosecutor: daily court appearance with little or no supervision, Reviewed files of defendant”¦s that pled or were found guilty. Reviewed sentencing recommendations, prepared and drafted memorandums of law, argued in court. Argued against record expungement petitions. Trained incoming paralegals and law clerks.
Recommendations at Ramsey County
ƒŽƒnRe-wrote Sentencing Guidelines Commission for the State”¦s sentencing guidelines and researched felony guidelines to give the offenses new ranking among the State crimes for the purpose of sentencing offenders.
ƒŽƒnAsked to work on several cases of civil commitments for predatory offenders in the civil commitment (mental health) division.
Executive Director 05/1996 ”V 07/1998
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, non-profit legal clinic, offered non-criminal services to college students.
ƒŽƒnHead of the board of directors. Managed budget, all advertisement and recruited a diverse group of students that trained to become paralegals. Coordinated campus legal informational seminars for the students of the university. Served as a liaison between the campus and administration.
Recommendations at University Legal Clinic
ƒŽƒnRe-wrote several policies within the office. Supervised and managed a staff of ten volunteer staff attorneys, one staff attorney, Personnel Director and Office Manager. Provide diversity training for staff and Executive Board. Wrote several grant proposals. Awards: UW-Milwaukee Union Director”¦s Award.


William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN 2001
ƒŽƒnJuris Doctorate
ƒŽƒnVice President, Black Law Students Association, Trial Advocacy Competition

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 1998
ƒŽƒnBachelor of Science in Sociology
ƒŽƒnMinor: English and Africology

American Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers Network (Honored in 2006)
ƒŽƒnSitting on Board of Directors of Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, handling a budget of more than $5M per year (Elected in 2004)
ƒŽƒnSelected to sit on the Leadership Committee for Go Red for Women
ƒŽƒnFrequently handle pro bono cases throughout the year in private practice, especially juvenile justice cases.
ƒŽƒnSt. Thomas Law School Student Mentor (2005-Present)

„X Budget Developments
„X Community Need Assessment
„X Community Presentations
„X Program Developments
„X Sociology and Africology „X Alliance Building
„X Contract Negotiation
„X Staff and Policy Development
„X Leadership, Training and Organizational Direction
„X News Media: TV and Radio „X Organizational Development
„X Grant Writing
„X Efficiency Improvements
„X Project Management
„X Procedure Development
„X Mediation and Arbitrator

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