Lead Paralegal, June 2018 – Present
Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law firm in the nation, providing legal aid in veteran’s advocacy, children’s rights, and housing law among others. As Lead Paralegal, I meet clients for initial case assessment; organize and maintain documents; analyze factual information; construct exhibit lists for trial; draft, index, and summarize pleadings and correspondence produced by opposing parties; draft legal memorandum to clients regarding case status and preparation; research legal issues and rules; assist in trial preparation; draft and propound discovery responses; perform in-person court research and e-filing; and provide training for new paralegals and attorneys.
★ Current Chair of firm’s Equity and Inclusion Committee, re-engineering internal practices and policies to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives
★ Drafted and filed ex parte motions and declarations with LA Superior Court to successfully negotiate settlements and reinstate tenancies for families facing eviction in South LA
★ Promoted from intake coordinator to paralegal to develop intake, grant reporting, and client file management protocol for a pilot housing project