Volunteer Work

  • Democratic Campaign Party, grass roots campaign and outreach
  • United Steel Workers Union, Green Cap Emissions Ban, grass roots lobbyist
  • American Civil Liberties Union, student attorney, Constitutional Rights Workshop
  • Human Rights Campaign Fund, campaign/community outreach
  • Mentored at risk elementary students in an inner city school
  • Youth Court, judge

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Golden Key Society
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Tennessee Bar Association

Professional Summary

Dynamic educator and attorney with experience engaging in the practice of law and teaching legal, business, writing and ethics courses, possessing a demonstrated ability to motivate others.

Admissions

Tennessee; BPR # 027502                                                               November 2008

Washington, DC; BAR # 1005826February 2012

United States District Court for Middle Tennessee                                  August 2012

Work History

Work History
Feb 2010 - Present

Adjunct Professor

Bethel University
Mar 2010 - Present

Adjunct Professor

Colorado Technical University
Nov 2008 - Present

Sole Practitioner

Rourk Attorney at Law
  • Handled family law matters, including divorce, international child abduction and custody
  • Prepared responses to petitions of civil and criminal contempt of judgment
  • Represented clients on matters ranging from DUI and domestic violence to felony theft and destruction of property
  • Engaged in representation regarding collections of a defaulted mortgage payment and enforced court order to relieve debt
  • Engaged in negotiation of plea bargains with the District Attorney on behalf of clients
  • Secured dismissals, pretrial diversions, probation, treatment programs and domestic violence classes in lieu of incarceration for my clients
  • Assisted United Freedom Foundation in the preparation of §2255 and §2254 motions, as well as traditional writs habeas corpus and direct appeals
May 2012 - Present

Adjunct Professor

Everest University Online
Mar 2011 - Nov 2011

Contract Attorney

Legal Source
  • Engage in first and second level document review in preparation of litigation
  • Selected for Quality Control review team
  • Create privilege logs and highlight for redaction in response to discovery request
  • Demonstrated ability to use various review platforms, including Relativity and Kroll
  • Engage in review of 800 to 1000 documents daily for legally and factually relevant information
Sep 2011 - Oct 2011

CyberLearning Interim Training Director

National Education Foundation
  • Created CyberLearning Training Agenda for IC3 training session
  • Reviewed and completed all IC3 courses
  • Developed Motivation and Communication Presentations
  • Prepared group activities and individual worksheets to aid in achieving core learning objectives for each course
Nov 2008 - Dec 2009

Adjunct Professor

Brown Mackie Career College
Jan 2007 - May 2007

Volunteer Attorney

Succession Law Clinic
  • Assisted Hurricane Katrina victims in clearing title to their property to gain access to entitlements to F.E.M.A. funds
Jan 2006 - May 2006

Student Attorney

District of Columbia Council
  • Acquired working knowledge of the DC Council
  • Assisted DC councilmember prepare comments and questions for committee hearings
  • Developed and drafted the “Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Act of 2006”, DC 16-211
  • Analyzed and drafted policy materials, memoranda, briefs and reports
  • Reviewed policy and offered recommendations to DC councilmember
Aug 2005 - Dec 2005

Student Attorney

Community Development Clinic
  • Engaged in trademark and patent research on the USPTO website on behalf of small businesses, including drafting trademark clearance memoranda
  • Fulfilled the requirements of the patent, trademark, and copyright law clearance process on behalf of clients
  • Engaged in the administrative aspects of the clearance process used to grant patent, trademark and copyright rights
  • Familiarity with the types and duration of intellectual property protection granted by the USPTO, as well as the fair use doctrine and issues of similarity and likeness
  • Assisted small businesses in curing conflicts of interest in order to achieve 501c3, including correcting private inurement and board structure issues
Jan 2003 - Jun 2003

Legislative Intern

Tenessee General Assembly
  • Assisted TN Senator prepare for Senate hearings and attended on behalf of Senator
  • Tracked and analyzed bills through the legislative process
  • Established and maintained healthy rapports with constituents and lobbyists

Education

Education
Aug 2004 - May 2007

Juris Doctorate

UDC-DACSL
  • Dean's Fellow
  • Phi Alpha Delta
Aug 1999 - May 2003

Bachelor of Science

Tennessee State University
  • Member of Golden Key Society
  • National Dean’s List
  • magna cum laude

Certifications

Certifications

Internet and Core Computing Certification

CyberLearning Academy