Legal Business Development
An innovative 21st century Academic Law Librarian & Information/Competitive Intelligence professional with expertise in legal reference services;business development and analytically utilizing data; skilled in collaboration and the ability to work in a team environment; strong service orientation; awareness of a variety of issues in the various disciplines of legal practice areas, competitive intelligence and knowledge management.
St. John's University
Library Science , Library Science
May 2011 - May 2011
Law (JD) , Law (JD)
June 2003 - June 2003
CUNY - John Jay College
Judicial Studies , Judicial Studies
June 1997 - June 1997
St. Joseph High School
June 1987 - June 1987
College of The Bahamas , Nassau. Bahamas
January 2013 - January 2013
Manage the law library's reference desk services and collection, while simultaneously providing complex reference assistance to the College's law faculty and LLB students. Train, mentor, and evaluate staff to ensure the efficiency of reference desk services and growth and usage of the law library's collection. Evaluate and analyse reference desk services and usage of the law library's collection, making appropriate recommendations to improve the law collection. Formulate policies and procedures that meet established standards and participate in the overall's college library's budget preparation. Negotiate appropriate contracts as relates to the law library's electronic and print collection. Monitor and update the law library social media feeds including its Facebook Page, Twitter, and WordPress Blog.
Kaye Scholer LLP , New York
June 2011 - August 2011
Managed and executed research requests comprising a wide variety of business, industry, market, executive and competitive intelligence data for the business development department personnel and firm attorneys in accordance with requested specifications and research budget guidelines.
Business/Legal Research & Reference
Graduate Student Intern
National Archives Records and Administration , College Park
June 2010 - August 2010
Assisted in the digitization of Federal government records disposition schedules (SF 115s) 1973 to the present. Duties included document preparation, scanning, metadata tagging, ensuring ADA/ 504 compliance and processing data to appropriate electronic codes for posting to the NARA web pages.
Federal Agency Records Management
Senior Law Librarian
New York State Court Unified System, NYC Civil Court , New York
March 2008 - May 2009
Established objectives, policies, goals and programs for the law library to provide professional level law library service to all library clientele. Also partially responsible for development and implementation of services that supported teaching and research. Assisted in training court attorneys, judges, court reporters and summer law student interns on database use and research methods; managing document delivery; developed marketing and outreach initiatives to educate judges and court attorneys about library services; aided in teaching summer law student interns in advanced legal research sessions; writing research guides; participating in reference duty.
Legal Research & Reference
Legal Coordinator/Law Librarian
New York City Department of Correction , Queens
February 2007 - March 2008
Provided legal reference and research services in various law library facilities on Riker’s Island to pre-trial detainees and sentenced inmates. Conducted a mandated legal research class for inmates/detainees. Improved the style and content of various monthly, quarterly, semiannual, and annual statistical reports regarding the libraries’ collections and inmates/detainee’s use of the libraries. Initiated closer review of notary services provided to inmates/detainees leading to decreased fraudulent activities. Maintained & utilized a Notary Public license.
Agency Attorney Interne
New York City Department of Homeless Services , Bronx
October 2004 - October 2006
Utilized investigative techniques including public records databases such as ACRIS and other information-retrieval sources, such as LexisNexis and the Internet to ascertain whether applicants have other viable housing options. Developed unique system to triage cases, improving the turnaround time in determining eligibility of applicants. Played a pivotal role in training staff in the use of LexisNexis research.
Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, , New York
June 2004 - October 2004
Conducted document review/legal research and analysis for complex commercial litigation matters. Selected to participate in a special team that focused on the review of discovery documents for trial.
Pro Bono Coordinator/Paralegal
Manhattan Legal Services , New York
November 2000 - March 2004
Assisted a federal bankruptcy judge and private attorneys from major NYC firm with legal research and delivering a variety of civil legal services to the Harlem community. Enhanced pro bono relationships between legal services and private attorneys.
Non-Profit Legal Development