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Multi-Lingual Spanish-as-First-Language Translator and Interpreter, with recently-earned
Master of Legal Studies as well as Bachelor of Arts Degree, seeking
Administrative Assistant/Junior Paralegal Position
Legal Analysis/Writing/Research ~ Spanish/English Translation and Interpretation ~ Legal Analysis Communication ~ Criminal Investigation ~ Case File/Legal Documentation Management ~ Witness Interviewing ~ Criminal/Civil/Immigration Law ~ Pretrial Services Reports ~ Arraignments ~ Federal Personnel and Labor Law ~ Contracts ~ Freedom of Information Act
Westlaw and Lexis Computer Databases, MS Office Suite
Master of Legal Studies from The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ, 2016
Bachelor of Arts, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, College of Humanities, The University of Arizona; Major in Spanish with Concentration in Translation & Interpretation; Minor in Special Education & Rehabilitation, Deaf Studies (American Sign Language)
In-depth, first-hand experience in working with individuals involved in multiple aspects of immigration and immigration law; highly proficient in sight translating, interpreting legal documents and other pertinent information regarding Criminal, Civil and Immigration law, and have developed extensive glossaries in these fields
Exceptional capacity for performing legal research and developing wide array of well-considered, crucial briefs and reports necessary for managing and directing various legal proceedings and actions
Outstanding capabilities for working independently to fulfill assignments and directives, while equally comfortable as a contributing member of organizational team
Recognized by University of Arizona with Certificate of Academic Excellence for GPA of 3.5-3.74; also Honorable Mention in Transcript, with GPA of 3.52
Volunteer/Community Involvement includes serving Banner University Medical Center, Tucson, AZ, and the Diamond Children s Medical Center Child Life Department
Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB), Tucson, AZ 2013 Present
Sub Residential Services Assistant (2015-Present)
Effectively provide outstanding staff/student support including escorting students to specific functions, overseeing students during meal times or at various events, and assisting with directing and continually encouraging development of daily living skills/capabilities.
Directly support Master Teaching Parent, Teaching Parent(s) or the Residential Services Assistant (RSA) in completing tasks as assigned; earlier, from 2009-2013, held similar position and assignments.
Teaching Parent (2014-2015)
Recognition of performance excellence resulted in promotion to position; acquired additional responsibilities and increased involvement in residential programs.
Employed subject matter expertise to develop/implement education, emotional and social growth programs for visually/hearing impaired facility adolescent residents.
Worked closely with parents/guardians/teachers/staff and community members to identify goals/strategies for youngsters success and gained insight toward providing crucial support/encouragement regarding personal growth, identifying areas of specific interest and developing behavior management strengths.
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Residential Services Assistant (RSA) (2013-2014)
Performed similar services as delineated in Teaching Parent work description (above) but performed with more supervision and direction from organizational management.
Small World I Pre-School, Tucson, AZ 2014
In this short-term (one month) assignment, provided support/instruction for youngsters with age-appropriate activities designed to promote social/physical/intellectual growth, and continually ensured youngsters well-being and safety while respecting all areas of confidentiality.
Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) 2008 2013
Independent Provider (Respite Provider)
Skillfully provided crucial support for deaf child/family with broad-based care and supervision in home environment as well as during travels/activities outside of home.
Pima Community College, Child Development Center, Tucson, AZ 2005 - 2011
Supported Lead Teacher in promoting educational/social/emotional/physical development of pre-school aged youngsters; employed Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) and worked diligently to support and instill children with confidence within safe learning environment.
Provided important clerical/administrative support in absence of Supervisor and employed translation skills in bridging informational and communication gap between parents and staff; also continually assured strictest confidentiality.
Carondelet Health Network/Casita Jose Child Care, Tucson, AZ 2003 2005
Held responsibilities for implementing weekly lesson plans and teaching children basics of Spanish language and ASL; worked with parents and staff to provide communication while dealing with language differences and always maintained confidentiality of records/files/relevant information.
Sunnyside School District/El Centro Alegre Pre-School, Tucson, AZ 2002 2003
Supervised daily activities of pre-school-aged children including educational activities, meal and nap times and outdoor play; assured safe learning environment for youngsters and consistently maintained confidentiality.
Mulcahy/City Y.M.C.A. Childcare Center, Tucson, AZ 2000 2002
Collaborated with teacher in setting-up/implementing multiple activities and lesson plans for children aged three-months to five years; continually encouraged children to explore science, mathematics and music and encouraged children to recognize personal strengths.
Also supervised meal, nap and outdoor play time and utilized language skills to support communication and interaction between parents and staff; continually adhered to all confidentiality-based procedures/policies.
Prior to 2000, held additional assignments as a Customer Service Representative, Appointment Scheduler and Production Department Worker
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ
Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.), 2016
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Bachelor of Arts, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, College of Humanities,
Major: Spanish with Concentration in Translation & Interpretation,
Minor: Special Education & Rehabilitation, Deaf Studies (American Sign Language), 2013
Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
Associates Degree, Liberal Arts, 2008
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I am responding to your solicitation for an individual to fill an Administrative Assistant/Junior Paralegal position available with your firm. I feel that my qualifications would uniquely qualify me for this assignment and am submitting my Resume for your review.
In 2016, I received my Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona; earlier I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese in the College of Humanities of the University, where I maintained a GPA of 3.36. I also hold an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts.
My graduate school curriculum encompassed a broad array of relevant legal coursework, including among other topics, Legal Analysis/Writing/Research/Communication, Case File/Legal Documentation Management, working with and interviewing witnesses and other involved individuals, Pretrial Services and Actions, Contracts, Federal Personnel and Labor Law and the Freedom of Information Act. Additionally, I continually utilized Westlaw and Lexis databases as well as all programs contained in the MS Office Suite package and gained exceptional familiarity in utilizing these sources and programs to increase my core knowledge as well as gain time management efficiencies
Of particularly crucial importance and relevance is the fact that, as a proud and involved Yaqui-Mexican-American woman, who grew up in the Tucson area, I have developed an experiential base of hands-on involvement in multiple aspects of the current immigration situation in the United States. Additionally, as an individual whose first language is Spanish and who has developed special skills and facility in translating and interpreting both spoken interaction as well as written documents, I am particularly well-positioned to serve your organization toward meeting its goals and objectives.
Throughout my career I have exhibited a commitment to quality and consistent compliance with critical governing directives, standards, policies and procedures. I am confident in my ability to deliver immediate and long-term results, and you will find me to be a performance-driven leader as well as a collaborative team player, focused on achieving and surpassing goals.
I am eager to discuss how my qualifications match your needs, and look forward to interviewing with you at your earliest convenience. In advance, I thank you for your time and consideration.
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