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Permanent Address 184 Cornell Dr. Newport News, VA 23608

EDUCATION University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA J.D. Expected, May 2011 • National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition competitor 2008-2009 • UVA Black Law Students Association Treasurer 2009-2010 • NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock trial Competition National Specialist 2009-2010 Howard University, Washington, DC B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude; minor in Economics, May 2008 • • • •

Phi Beta Kappa Oxford Study Abroad Program, Oxford, England Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Society

WORK EXPERIENCE University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA Research Assistant, May 2009-August 2009 • Conducted legal research on Supreme Court decisions concerning areas of international law including but not limited to consular relations, treaty enforcement, and habeas corpus proceedings for Guantanamo Bay detainees. Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Newport News, VA Winter Pro bono Project, January 2009 • Conducted legal research and wrote a memo on a motion to suppress based on a possible violation of the defendant’s 5th amendment rights. • Conducted legal research and wrote memos on burglarious tools and the intent requirement for attempted burglary under Virginia Criminal statute. Office of U.S. Representative Robert C. Scott, Washington, DC Intern, May 2008-August 2008 • Represented the Congressman’s staff in meetings on health care issues and provided feedback and analysis that impacted staff response • Researched Medicare benefit discrepancies to assist in drafting proposed legislation • Researched and developed recommendations in response to constituent issues U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC Intern, June 2006-April 2008 • Conducted quantitative analysis to support production of the Annual Energy Outlook • Researched energy technology and international consumption of energy resulting in support of the International Energy Outlook • Monitored and compiled the development of new domestic renewable projects nationally

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LYDIE M. ESSAMA lessama@email.virginia.edu (240) 423-5093 Current Address: 125-09 Ivy Dr. Charlottesville, VA 22903

Permanent Address: 11449 Frances Green Dr. North Potomac, MD 20878

EDUCATION University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA Juris Doctor Expected, May 2011 • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Best Brief Award • Virginia Journal of International Law, Editorial Board, 2009 - 2010 • William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition • Black Law Students Association, Firm Relations Chair, 2009 - 2010 • Latin American Law Organization, Academic Events Chair, 2009 - 2010 • Hunton & Williams Pro Bono Partnership, Immigration and Asylum Volunteer, 2008-2009 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (International Relations Concentration/German Minor), Dec. 2005 • National Dean’s List, 2003-2004 • National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha • DisChord Community Service A Cappella Group, President, January 2005 - September 2005 EXPERIENCE Miles & Stockbridge P.C., Baltimore, MD Summer Associate, June 2009 – August 2009 Winston & Strawn, LLP, Washington, DC Litigation and International Arbitration Paralegal, July 2006 - July 2008 • Managed litigation and international arbitration cases in English and in Spanish • Performed legal research and assisted with the preparation of briefs and witness deposition materials • Coordinated large document reviews and discovery productions • Created working translations of documents for immediate review on pro-bono asylum cases Georgetown Learning Centers, McLean, VA Associate Director, March 2006 - June 2006 • Developed programs to help students succeed in Algebra, Chemistry and Biology • Taught SAT preparation classes National School of Administration (ENA), Paris, France Training Sessions Intern, May 2005 - Aug. 2005 • Contributed to the organization of Training Sessions for diplomats and government executives • Researched and compiled material and information on subjects related to the themes of the trainings • Translated official documents from French to English and from English to French International Languages Activities Institute (ILAI), Rockville, MD Co-Founder, Director and Program Counselor, Summers 2000 - 2004 • Co-founded and directed an institute for the promotion of foreign language learning for children SKILLS & INTERESTS Language Skills: Fluent in French; Proficient in German and Spanish Activities: Enjoy Singing, Traveling, Participating in Community Service Activities and Charity Races


Jeree M. Harris 155 Yellowstone Dr. Apt. 102

• Charlottesville, VA 22903 • 540-907-2777 • jeree.harris@gmail.com EDUCATION

University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA J.D. Expected, May 2011 • Jenner & Block Minority Scholar, 2009 • Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Fellow, 2009 • Public Interest Law Association Fellowship, 2009 • Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, Editorial Board • Madison House Board of Directors, Graduate Student Board Member for non-profit that organizes student volunteers at UVA • Black Law Student Association Executive Board, Community Service Chair o Community Service Award 2009 • Public Interest Law Association Executive Board, Charity Auction Director o 1L Section Representative & Admission Committee Member • The Conference on Public Service & the Law Executive Board, Panel Director o Juvenile Justice Panel Coordinator College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA B.A. Social Justice and Community Advocacy; Religious Studies, May 2008 • Magna cum Laude • High Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis: From Brown v. Board to Parents v. Seattle: The Future and Constitutionality of Desegregation in American Public Schools • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, 2008 • President’s Award for Service to the Community, 2007 • President’s Aide, Mortar Board Honor Society, Service Leaders Corp • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Vice President of Planning for College Success • NAACP Executive Board, Secretary and Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee • Project Impact & Project A.C.C.E, Director and Coordinator of student volunteers for Williamsburg’s alternative school

EXPERIENCE JustChildren, Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville, VA Law Clerk, May – August 7, 2009 • Wrote a report on Virginia’s juvenile transfer process for the General Assembly’s Crime Commission • Contacted, referred, and advised approximately 10 potential clients during the intake process • Researched and wrote memos on a habeas petition for a juvenile and NCLB compliance of Petersburg Public Schools • Testified in front of the Virginia Board of Education on the Standards of Quality The Law Center for Children, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, VA Winter Intern, January 2009 • Promoted Foreclosure Legal Assistance Program through school outreach • Interviewed clients for special education and domestic violence cases JustChildren, Legal Aid Justice Center, Richmond, VA Law Student Representative for Invest in Kids Coalition, December 19, 2008 - January 8, 2009 • Prepared testimony and testified at a state budget hearing in Alexandria, VA on January 8th Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, Washington, D.C. Child Protection Division Intern, May - July 2008 • Critiqued bi-annual reports for OJJDP-funded programs in Chicago, IL and Norfolk, VA • Drafted workshop descriptions and schedules for the 2008 Project Safe Childhood Conference • Participated in the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

PERSONAL •

Taught myself how to play acoustic guitar; Lived in Seoul, South Korea for 2 years; Can read and translate Ancient Hebrew


MELINDA M. HIGHTOWER

1714 Calvary Circle, #404 ! Charlottesville, VA ! 22911 (434) 326-5697 ! mh4dp@virginia.edu

EDUCATION University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA J.D. Expected, May 2011 • Virginia Tax Review, Editorial Board Member • National Black Law Students Association, National Vice Chair and Chapter President • Legal Research and Writing Program, Dillard Fellow • Law Student Advocacy Project, Pro Bono Volunteer University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL M.B.A., Accounting and Finance Concentrations, June 2007 • Dean’s List, Fall 2005 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, May 2000 • Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar EXPERIENCE Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A., Minneapolis, MN Focused Insights Institute Participant, July 2009–August 2009 • Helped develop a continuing legal education seminar on intercultural workplace conflict • Conducted research on the duties and liabilities of a personal representative to third party claimants Littler Mendelson, P.C., Minneapolis, MN Summer Associate, May 2009–July 2009 • Researched employment law issues including workplace bullying and constructive discharge • Drafted memoranda on parallel federal and state overtime class actions, the standard for electronic discovery sanctions, and the framework applied to employee leave interference claims • Prepared discovery requests and responses, observed depositions, and attended court proceedings Morningstar, Inc., Chicago IL Compensation and Benefits Manager, January 2004–July 2008 • Directed $17 million health, insurance, and benefits programs covering 1,100 employees • Renegotiated benefits contracts and modified plan features to achieve $1.5 million savings • Authored benefits communications, resolved employee concerns, and addressed inquiries • Managed global equity program and facilitated employee equity education • Advised executives and human resources field staff on compensation issues World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., Stamford, CT Compensation and Benefits Manager, June 2003–January 2004 Compensation Analyst, June 2001–June 2003 • Introduced appraisal process linking performance evaluations to compensation • Led cross-functional team to create a succession plan and devise formal career paths • Established salary structure, formulated pay increase guidelines, and managed pay plans • Developed employee benefits budget and recommended cost containment strategies PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, New York, NY Compensation Associate, May 2000–June 2001 • Helped clients construct cash compensation and long-term incentive plans • Benchmarked executive pay and calculated severance obligations for clients INTERESTS •

Youth Outreach, Music, Politics, Sports, Travel, Interior Design, and Literature


SA B E H A S. H Y L T O N Permanent A ddress: 13757 Orange Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33412

SabehaHylton@email.virgina.edu (561) 951- 4737

Local A ddress: 142 Ivy Dr., Apt. 10 Charlottesville, VA 22903

E D U C A T I O N:____________________________________________________________________________ University of V irginia School of L aw, Charlottesville, Virginia

J.D. Expected, May 2011 ! ! ! !

Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Articles Editor Black Law Students Association, Public Relations Chair Law Student Advocacy Project, Lead Counsel Women of Color

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

B.S., Public Relations, cum laude, December 2007 B.A., Spanish, cum laude, December 2007 ! !

Libros de Familia (Tutored Migrant Farm W!"#$"%&'Children) Study Abroad Program, Lima, Peru

E X PE R I E N C E :____________________________________________________________________________ L egal A id Justice Center, I mmigration L aw C linic, Charlottesville, Virginia

Law Clerk, May 2009!Present ! ! ! !

Conduct intake and interview clients in Spanish As sole clerk, assist the Director with approximately 50 open cases including USCIS applications for asylum, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) claims, and U-Visa claims Assist with research and all aspects of deportation hearing preparation Research legal and policy issues and write memoranda

T .J. M axx, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Customer Service Coordinator, February!July 2008 ! !

Managed between 15-25 employees, including training new associates in Spanish on customer service standards, register procedures, and proper operating procedures and controls Resolved customer service issues

University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications , Gainesville, Florida

Public Relations Intern, August 2006!May 2007 ! !

Wrote and edited press releases, biographies for college, and articles for alumni magazine Pitched stories to local and regional newspapers and magazines

University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications , Gainesville, Florida

Student Research Assistant, August 2005!May 2007 ! !

Helped create an online election database with Levin College of Law Conducted research on the role of Hispanic voters in the 2004 Presidential Election

University of Florida, M inority Mentor Program, Gainesville, Florida

Progra m Assistant, August 2004!May 2007 ! !

Managed 30-50 students, teachers, and faculty while assisting group leader Mentored students to guide them in transition from high school to college

PE RSO N A L :______________________________________________________________________________ ! !

Written Fluency and Oral Proficiency in Spanish Interests include Gardening, Singing, and Reading Novels


Courtney Lindsay II 132 Turtle Creek Road, Apartment 8 Charlottesville, VA 22901 (434)882-1448 cll8z@virginia.edu

EDUCATION: University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA J.D. Expected, 2011 • Virginia Law Scholarship • Admissions Chair, Black Law Student Association • Admissions Committee, Student Bar Association • William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition • Election Protection University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA B.A., Government, 2008 • Edgar F. Shannon Scholarship • Sidley Prelaw Scholar • Rives C. Minor and Asalie M. Preston Scholarship • Project: Youth Uplift, Co-Founder & President EXPERIENCE: Arthur J. Morris Law Library, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA Reference Assistant, August 2009 - Present Assistant to Government Documents Coordinator, May 2005 – January 2009 • Provide research assistance to library patrons • Maintained electronic records of government documents Professor Anne Coughlin, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA Research Assistant, July 2009 – Present • Researched and prepared a comparative analysis on the excessive use of force by law enforcement officers • Examined the development of complicity and conspiracy law for casebook revision Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, Waukegan, IL Judicial Intern, May – July 2009 • Drafted judicial bench memoranda on evidence admissibility, judicial discretion in juvenile sentencing, and the right to cure construction defects Commonwealth of Virginia, Office of the Governor, Richmond, VA Press Intern, January – April 2007 • Analyzed and synthesized press coverage • Prepared briefing books for Governor’s press events • Researched video news clips on Roosevelt Media The Law Office of Simon J. Stapleton, Charlottesville, VA Intern, September 2003 – May 2005 • Conducted title searches prior to real estate sales PERSONAL INTEREST: • Travel, Current Events, Community Outreach


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E DUC A TION University of Virginia School of L aw, Charlottesville, VA J.D. Expected, May 2011 ! Central Virginia Legal Services No Fault Divorce Pro Bono Project ! Black Law Students Association, Social Chair ! Peer Advisor ! Lile Moot Court Competition H ispano Continental University, Salamanca, Spain Spanish Language and Culture, Study Abroad Program, July 2008 University of Central F lorida, Orlando, FL B.A., Legal Studies, summa cum laude (GPA 3.96), May 2008 ! Honors in the Major Thesis ! Director of Black Female Development Circle ! Student Government Association, Judicial Advisor ! Mock Trial Team E XP E R I E N C E !"#$%&'%(")*"%+##&,-.$/0 O ffice, Miami, FL

Legal Intern in Land Use Department , Summer 2009 ! Interpreted and drafted revisions to legislation in order to enforce violations of the municipal code more effectively. U.S. District Court, Southern District of F lorida, Miami, FL

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JAMAR K. WALKER (757) 709-8312 jwalk1028@gmail.com

Current Address: 766 C Madison Ave. Charlottesville, VA 22903

EDUCATION University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA Juris Doctor, (expected), May 2011 Honors Bracewell & Giuliani Outstanding First Year Oral Argument Award Virginia Law Merit Scholarship Activities Virginia Law & Business Review Lile Moot Court Competition Black Law Students Association o Executive Vice-President o Member, mock trial team Assistant Coach, University of Virginia Collegiate Mock Trial Peer Advisor Action for a Better Living Environment (ABLE) o Member, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Siblingsâ&#x20AC;? Program Mentor, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Section Captain, North Grounds Softball League University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction, in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law, May 2008 Honors The 21 Society Honor (given to 21 seniors for enriching UVA community) Longevity of Excellence Award, Office of African-American Affairs Activities University of Virginia Collegiate Mock Trial o Member of teams that won 2006 & 2007 national championships o Program Vice-President and individual team captain o Received two All-American Attorney and four Outstanding Witness awards Virginia Admissions Recruiter Black Student Alliance WORK EXPERIENCE Patton Boggs LLP, Washington, D.C. Summer Associate, 2009 Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP, New York, NY SEO Legal Intern, Litigation, Summer 2008 o Completed research projects for firm partners and associates detailing securitization litigation o Prepared attorney-client privilege documents in preparation for litigation Penske Truck Leasing, Charlottesville, VA Customer Sales Representative, April 2006-May 2008


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K wabena A . A kowuah 301 14th Street, NW Charlottesville, VA 22903 Email: ka6j@virginia.edu Phone: (202) 494-7237

October 1, 2009

Mr. Joseph Smith Office of the Chief Counsel FDA, Room 6A-03 (GCF-1) 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857 Dear Mr. Smith: I am a second year student at the University of Virginia School of Law and I am writing to !"#$!%%&'(&)*+!$!%+&)*&,&-!.,-&)*+!$*%/)#&)*&+/!&0123%&4,%/)*.+5*6&1787&599):!&+/)%&%;''!$7&&<& am attracted to the FDA because of the interesting, constantly changing work that comes through its doors. Particularly, I am interested in gaining further experience regarding enforcement of the FDCA as it applies to food. =(&)*+!$*%/)#&>)+/&+/!&1!#,$+'!*+&59&?;%+):!3%&@99):!&59&85*%;'!$&A)+).,+)5*&9,')-),$)B!C&'!& wi+/&%5'!&59&+/!&)*+$):,:)!%&59&+/!&2:+&,*C&+/!&.5D!$*'!*+3%&:/,--!*.!%&+/!&.5D!$*'!*+&';%+& overcome in order to protect the public. I believe I possess the skills and motivation that you seek in your legal interns, such that I would be an asset to your office. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the possibility of summer employment. I have enclosed my resume for your review and welcome any opportunity to elaborate on my qualifications and my interest in a position as an intern.

Sincerely,

Kwabena A. Akowuah Enclosure


Current Address: 103 Ivy Dr. Apartment 03 Charlottesville, VA 22903

Permanent Address: 523 Bellfrey Ct. Westerville, OH 43082 January 15, 2007

Ms. Andrea R. McClellan Manager of Student Recruiting Williams Mullen 1021 East Cary Street P.O. Box 1320 (23218-1320) Richmond, VA 23219 Dear Ms. McClellan: I am a first year student at the University of Virginia School of Law and am writing to express my interest in a summer associate position at Williams Mullen. I am attracted to Williams Mullen because of its reputation and commitment to community leadership. As a graduate of Georgetown!s School of Foreign Service, I have a strong interest in your firm!s International and Government practice areas. My summer work as ad manager for ACResolution magazine has given me experience in identifying a client!s needs and tailoring solutions to those needs, and I believe I possess the skills that you seek in your summer associates and would be an asset to your firm. I am particularly interested in your Richmond office. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the possibility of summer employment. If you have further questions or require further information, you can reach me by phone at (555) 456-2525 or by email at hardworker@virginia.edu. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Chioma Ayogu Enclosure


11449 Frances Green Dr. North Potomac, MD 20878 May 29, 2009 Ms. Kerry Lunz Holland & Knight LLP 1201 West Peachtree St. One Atlantic Center, Suite 2000 Atlanta, GA 30309 Dear Ms. Lunz: I am a rising second year law student at the University of Virginia School of Law, and I write to express my strong interest in a summer associate position with Holland & Knight. I am particularly attracted to Holland & Knightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alternate dispute resolution and international trade practice groups as well as its firm culture. My experience as a paralegal at Winston & Strawn contributes to my firm interest in Holland & Knightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diversified litigation and corporate practice groups, specifically the international litigation and government contracts practice areas. My two year experience at Winston & Strawn enabled me to develop analytical, organizational and research skills specifically related to the legal field. I was also able to develop leadership skills by supervising and coordinating a team of 24 contract attorneys during document review projects for tight production deadlines. Moreover, my knowledge of four languages enabled me to assist attorneys in other practice groups. I translated German language contracts into English, participated in the document review process for a German white collar crime case, and assisted attorneys in the pro bono department on asylum cases for French and Spanish speaking clients. In addition, my French and Cameroonian citizenships and my experiences in these countries and the United States enable me to quickly adapt to the challenges of new environments and to communicate effectively with individuals of different backgrounds. I am confident that I possess the skills you seek in your summer associates and that my exposure to the practice of law at Holland & Knight will be an asset to both your firm and my legal education. I have attached my resume for your review and welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the possibility of summer employment at Holland & Knight. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to speaking with you soon. Sincerely, Lydie M. Essama


Mr. James Whitehead The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia 633 Indiana Avenue, NW Washington D.C. 20004 Dear Mr. James Whitehead: My name is Jeree Harris. I am a second year student at the University of Virginia School of Law. I am writing to express my interest in a legal clerkship with the Community Defender Division or the Civil Legal Services Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. For the past five years I have dedicated my academic experience and extracurricular activities to public service. I entered the College of William and Mary as a Sharpe Community Scholar. Sharpe Scholars are freshman students selected to develop community projects based on their service interest. After freshman year, I continued to seek academically enhanced service opportunities. As a sophomore, I designed a major entitled Social Justice and Community Advocacy. The major consisted of public policy, sociology, and service-learning courses. The major was the first of its kind, and inspired the creation of the Community Studies Minor Program at the College. A majority of my service-learning courses involved service projects with Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, particularly their alternative education program for students with behavioral difficulties. After volunteering at the alternative program !"#$"%&#$'$(&'#$)*&$+,*""-$."'#/$'00"10,&/$2)+$3-'0$)"$,-"+&$)*&$+,*""-4$$5*&$+,*""-$."'#/6+$ decision spurred my interest in child advocacy and the law. I decided to create a campaign to stop the school board from closing the school. I spoke at school board, city council, and board of supervisor meetings. I contacted the mayor of Williamsburg and wrote a letter to Governor Tim 7'20&4$$8$#&,&2%&/$'$-&))&#$!#"9$:2#;202'6s Education Secretary, Thomas Morris that was !"#<'#/&/$)"$)*&$,*'2#$"!$)*&$+,*""-$."'#/$&=3#&++20;$)*&$>"%&#0"#6+$+133"#)$!"#$'-)&#0')2%&$ education. The school board ultimately decided to keep the alternative program. As a law student, I have continued to focus on defending and advocating for youth. For the past year I have volunteered and worked with JustChildren, a program in the Legal Aid Justice Center, that represents low-income families and children in education and juvenile justice cases. Additionally, I have supplemented my practical skills with course work. I have taken courses on special education law and mental health and juvenile justice. This year I will work in the child advocacy clinic and I am taking a course on education law and policy. My interest in education law and juvenile justice along with my passion for advocating !"#$,*2-/#&06+$#2;*)+$."1;*)$9&$)"$-'<$+,*""-$'0/$,"0)201&+$)"$20+32#&$9($,'#&&#$3')*4$$?+$'$-'<$ ,-&#@$!"#$)*&$A1.-2,$B&!&0/&#6+$C&#%2,&$8$<2--$.#20;$!ive years of experience as a community advocate, as well as a working knowledge of the issues involved in protecting and defending children. Thank you for your consideration of my application. I greatly appreciate it. If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact me by email at jeree.harris@gmail.com or by phone at 540-907-2777. Sincerely, Jeree Harris Class of 2011 University of Virginia School of Law


112 Ivy Gardens Apartment No. 6 Charlottesville, VA 22903 August 4, 2008 Mr. Edmund T. Baxa, Jr. Foley & Lardner LLP 111 North Orange Avenue Suite 1800 Orlando, FL 32801 Dear Mr. Baxa: My name is Linda Otaigbe and I am a first year law student at the University of Virginia School of Law. I am writing to express my interest in working with Foley & Lardner LLP and Just Neighbors for the summer of 2008 as a pro bono intern. As the daughter of immigrants from Nigeria, I understand the difficulty that is involved in adjusting to a new country, having enough financing for proper legal representation, and finding support from people and programs that understand your unique issues. I have always been committed to pro bono work and I have a unique understanding of the issues that face immigrants. Some of my commitment to pro bono work can be seen from my spending several months before law school in a program designed to assist non-native English speakers with their reading, writing and comprehension of the English language. I volunteered as a Literacy Volunteers of America tutor and helped a highly educated Egyptian woman who was working three jobs just to support her family increase her reading and writing skills to improve her future job prospects. My other pro bono experiences have involved volunteering as an emergency medical technician and helping those in the community that needed emergency assistance for traumatic injuries such as knife wounds, bee stings, and abdominal injuries. I also volunteered this past winter break at a pro bono law firm in Northern Virginia and assisted attorneys with discovery motions for family law and domestic violence cases. Currently, I am volunteering in Charlottesville at another pro bono law firm, Capital Representation Resource Center, where I assist the firm in creating a concise database of past death penalty cases from Virginia, in order to assist with future research. I found both of these experiences to be immensely rewarding and they have further reaffirmed my desire to make a difference in the community by helping those that have difficulty helping themselves. I feel that Foley & Lardner LLP and their partnership with the Just Neighbors program will offer me an excellent introduction to the legal profession and pro bono work. I believe my professional and academic background, along with my intense interest in working with others to find solutions to problems, would allow me to make a valuable contribution to your commitment to pro bono work in Northern Virginia. I have enclosed my resume for your review and I welcome the opportunity to elaborate on my qualifications and my interest in a position as an intern. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Linda Otaigbe Enclosure


Candace Stuart 14451 NW 15th Dr. Miami, Fl 33167 June 29, 2009 Ms. Janet McKeegan Director of Recruitment, S.E. Region Greenberg Traurig, P.A. 1221 Brickell Avenue Miami, Fl 33131 Dear Ms. McKeegan, I am a second year law student at the University of Virginia School of Law. As a native of the Miami-Dade County area, I am familiar with the Miami legal market and it would be a great opportunity to work full time in the place that I call home. I am interested in Greenberg Traurig because of its impressive reputation, commitment to diversity and community leadership. In June, I completed an internship in the chambers of the Honorable Cecilia Altonaga in the United States District Courts, Southern District of Florida. While working in the courthouse, I had the opportunity to do in-depth research and writing to supplement my law school training. Moreover, I explored my interests in litigation by observing advocacy techniques in the courtroom. In addition to my strong writing skills, I strive to be a well rounded individual. I am very active in my law school and local community. I serve as a UVA Peer Advisor and a big sister to a Charlottesville student. As social chair of the Black Law Students Association, I organize social events and foster relationships within the members. Enclosed please find my resume for your review. I have interests in many areas of the law and would greatly appreciate the practical education that working with your office would provide. I am currently in the Miami area and will be here until early August. I would like to set up an interview with your office during this time. I can be reached by telephone or email at candacestuart@email.virginia.edu. Please contact me at your convenience. I look forward to hearing from you. Respectfully, Candace Stuart Enclosure: Resume


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