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EMILY A. SMITH
123 Walnut St. Grundy, Va. 24614
276-555-5555, esmith11@my.asl.edu

EDUCATION

Appalachian School of Law Grundy, Va.
Candidate for Juris Doctor expected May 2011

  • Remote Area Medical clinic volunteer
  • Moot Court team member
  • Environmental Law Society member

East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tenn.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science May 2007

  • Debate Team secretary, 2006-2007
  • Dean's list, four semesters
  • Big Donor Scholarship recipient, 2006
  • Resident Assistant, 2005-2007

EXPERIENCE

Miller, Miller, and Schiller Kingsport, Tenn.
Summer Intern May - August 2008

  • Wrote motions, legal memoranda, and client letters
  • Proofread documents for attorneys; filed paperwork at courthouse
  • Observed settlement negotiations and trials

Tennessee Watershed Protection Society Bristol, Tenn.
Research Assistant January 2006 - May 2007

  • Tested rivers and streams for pollutants
  • Compiled testing data; wrote reports to present to state legislators
  • Helped conduct environmental workshops for area schoolchildren

Target Corp. Bristol, Va.
Sales clerk March 2005 - December 2005

  • Rang up customers' purchases, responded to price-check inquiries; restocked shelves, updated inventory system

SKILLS

  • Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw certified
  • Fluent in Spanish

 


 


JUSTIN JONES
53 Slate Creek Rd., Grundy Va. 24614 (school)
112 Main St., Lexington, Ky. 40502 (permanent)
276-888-8888; jjones12@my.asl.edu

EDUCATION

The Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Va.
Juris Doctor expected May 2012; Class rank 5 of 92
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistant
- Court-Appointed Special Advocate (in training)

Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.
Bachelor's of Science, Biology and pre-law, June 2008
- Graduated cum laude with a 3.6 overall GPA
- Arts & Sciences Association
- Environmental Law Society

EXPERIENCE

The Hon. Richard Pritchard, Lexington Municipal Tax Court
Intern, May-August, 2009
Helped research tax code to respond to public questions; observed court proceedings; drafted, proofread court opinions

Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, Lexington, Ky.
Congressional Intern, January-June, 2008
Responded to constituents' letters on numerous public-policy issues; researched background on policy issues to prepare congressman for speeches, interviews; processed requests for tours of congressman's Washington, D.C. office

Professor Ted Thomas, Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.
Research assistant, September-December, 2007
Helped conduct study on frogs' ability to withstand water pollution; learned proper methods of statistical analysis to analyze, compile data

Lexington Parks and Recreation Department, Lexington, Ky.
Junior Landscaper, May-August, 2006
Joined crew that maintained public parks; mowed lawns, weeded flower beds, picked up litter