OBJECTIVE: To obtain a challenging position where I may contribute my paralegal, managerial, and organizational abilities within the legal profession.
EDUCATION: Kaplan University, Davenport Iowa Bachelors Degree 2 + 2 Law Office Management & Paralegalism Midstate College, Carthage, IL Associates of Applied Science Degree Paralegal Services May ••••• Southeastern Community College, Keokuk, May ••••• Secretarial Science Degree
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Operate computers using WordPerfect •••••, •••••, ••••••••••, X.P, Lotus, Excel;Quicken; and Bookshelf. Install and replace hardware components such as floppy drives, hard drives, and cooling fans. Install software into computers. Answer ••••• line switchboard, take accurate messages, transfer calls efficiently,establish conference calls, forward incoming calls, screen calls when necessary. Perform accounting procedures such as payroll, ledger posting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial statements. Operate telephone in professional manner to schedule appointments with judges,other attorneys, and clients. Keep clients and co-workers informed through written communication. Utilize using correct grammar and punctuation.
PARALEGAL SKILLS Produce legal briefs and appellate brief with accuracy. Perform legal research; cite, check, and shepardize; and conduct research with tax records. Prepare operative documents such as trusts, wills, estates, and legal contracts. Review client files, gather informal and formal facts for discovery, prepare litigation chart, prepare interrogatory questions, prepare exhibits for trial, set up courtroom for trial, draft documents such as complaints, responses, petitions, and letters. Proficient with legal terminology and legal transcription
Senior Paralegal Schroeder Law Office, Burlington, IA ••••••••••August ••••• - April ••••• Prepared Dissolutions, Client Interview informal and formal. Scheduling appointments. Trial Exhibits, Keeping client time for paralegal and attorney. Prepared family law and criminal cases. Transcription, shorthand, filing and typing. Produced appeal briefs and legal research.••••• Assistant General Manager Days Inn, Fort Madison, IA ••••• July ••••• - August ••••• Human Resource, interviewing employees, hiring and firing employees. Payroll,hospitality law that includes personal injury, guest complaints, eviction. Supervising over ••••• employees and giving direction. Renovations on Days Inn. Inspection of the building. Bus Tours, contracts, direct billing and working with travel agents and DaysInn Worldwide Corporate Office. Scheduling. Implemented new computer system for the hotel. Unemployment hearins and payroll taxes. Ordering all housekeeping and office supplies. Cut cost for Days Inn Hotel. Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payable. ••••• day inspection passed with a four star hotel. Programs include Coral Draw, Lotus, Quicken, Inn Keeper, HSS Project Power Up.
Service Representative Manpower Temporary Services, Fort Madison, IA ••••• October ••••• June ••••• Service Representative: Staffing Specialist, Interview potential employees, Tested employees, On-site staff representative in manufacturing industries, marketing, typing, filing, represent Manpower in Court of Law regarding garnishments. Worked with customers and employees and matching the right individual with their business. Criminal background checks, drug testing, workers compensation claims, Work Comp codes, credit applications, empact software, Microsoft •••••, faxing, on-site investigation. Remedy payroll for Manpower Temporary Service Employees. Transcription.
Volunteer Paralegal Legal Services of Iowa March ••••• - present Project Manual for Attorneys, research cases and new statues on AIDS victims,legal Transcription.
Legal Secretary Crowley, Bunger, Pothatakis, Burlington, IA ••••• May ••••• - October ••••• Legal Transcriptionist, researched medical summaries; typed, copied; prepared interfoffice memos on office software and e-mail prepared interrogatories. Available only when other employees are on vacation.