SYLVIA RODRIGUEZ
13356 Eldridge Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342
818 - 364 - 5434
email:sylviarodz@hotmail.com


Objective: Entry Level Paralegal Employment

HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS
  • Highly inquisitive, motivated, creative and resourceful - self-directed/self-starter
  • Excellent skills in communication - written/oral and collaboration.
  • Skilled at analyzing and assembling complex information and data, researching and preparing memoranda regarding the law, the facts, and the application of the law to those facts, managing litigation and administrative timelines
  • Able to work collaboratively and effectively in a team setting with attorneys and other legal staff.
  • Good people skills and quick study and learner
  • Able to schedule, prepares for, assist with, and summarize depositions, and other legal discovery, and effectively interact with clerks and other administrative personnel of courts and public agencies, and other parties, as needed to fulfill job assignments
  • Excited by the law and professoinal development as a paralegal

EDUCATION

Paralegal Certificate: L.A. Mission College Paralegal Studies Program (part of the L.A. Community College District (LACCD) - approved by California Department of Education, Board of Governors of LACCD, and an affiliate member of the American Association of Paralegal Education ( AaFPE) - Courses taken: Contracts, Torts, Business Law, Property & Creditor's Rights, Family Law, Evidence, Civil Litigation and Discovery, Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration, Law Office Management, Legal Writing, Legal Research

RELEVANT SKILLS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Legal Research & Writing

  • Able to use current state of the art legal research engines to research the law -
    including the formulating of a "search statement"
  • Have written legal memoranda, briefs, Mandatory Settlement Conference Statements, Personal Injury Demand Letters, Interrogatories, Deposition Summaries and the like.
  • Participated with the attorney in trials and depositions, and excellent skills in "hands on" litigation process from commencement of the lawsuit to conclusion of an appeal

Organizational Skills

  • Have worked in both large and small law firms, and have organized files, time calendars, depostion and interrogatory schedules for several attoneys at the same time.
  • Can handle "upset or irate" clients, court personnel, and other attorneys. Also have a great personal touch on the "telephone" which puts people at ease.

Computer Skills

   
  • MS Word
  • Excel
  • Power Point
  • Lexis-Nexus
  • Westlaw
  • Internet webpaegs
  • American Legal Net
  • Loislawschoo.comg

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
1994-present Paralegal SCHILLING, SPENCER, & FORBES
litigation specialist - worked with attorneys in all aspects of civil litigation
1990-94 Full time student Los Angeles MissionCollege Paralegal Studies Program
'93 summer Research Asst. Worked in the Paralegal Program as a research assistant
1989 Youth Counselor RAINBOW RIVER DAY CARE PROGRAM, Los Angeles
1988 Tutoring Hoover H.S., Glendale - tutored grade school children in math
1987 Soccer Asst. ALTA VISTA SOCCER TEAM - worked as a trainng assistant


updated: 8/05/02