Expert Writer/Editor with Eight Years' Legal Experience
Last active: 08/29/2014
My goal is to find a flexible freelance position or a series of freelance projects that make use of my extensive writing experience. I have excellent writing and grammar skills and I already have experience in managing a part-time writing job on top of a full-time work schedule.
For the past 8 years, I have worked part-time as the Pleadings Editor for the LexisNexis Mealey's Group Report on Labor and Employment Law, a Reed Elsevier publication, while working full-time as an attorney. Initially, beginning in August 2006, I served as the only Research and Writing Specialist, which is an appellate attorney position, for the Federal Defender in the U.S. District of Delaware. There, I composed all briefs, motions, sentencing memoranda, and other written materials for the District Court, the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court that were produced by my office. I moved on in February 2007 to a position as an Assistant Public Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the most prestigious public defender service in the country. I spent 5 and a half years there, handling thousands of criminal cases on behalf of the indigent at all levels of the Philadelphia criminal justice system, and 2 of my years were spent in the Major Trial Unit where I worked on complex felonies. A good deal of my work involved juvenile justice and mental health. I wrote extensively as a part of that job, and served as a member of the in-house continuing legal education faculty.
From the Defender Association, I moved on to a practice in labor and ERISA law at Jennings Sigmond, P.C., where I represented labor unions and their members in state and federal court, at grievance arbitration, and before various state and local agencies. I also engaged in extensive civil litigation on behalf of ERISA-regulated employee benefit funds to protect union members' health and retirement benefits. The majority of my time at the firm was spent writing lengthy briefs, motions, and pleadings of all kinds.
I graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College in 2001 with a B.A. in Government and a minor in Russian Language, and earned my J.D. at Temple University in 2006. I served as a teaching assistant to the director of Temple's legal research and writing department, one of the best in the country, for two years during law school, and won the prize for best paper in constitutional law at graduation. This fall, I will be pursuing a Master's in Social Work at Bryn Mawr College.