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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.

Legislative Initiatives

Subject Matter Experience

Admissions

Tennessee; BPR # 027502                                                               November 2008

Washington, DC; BAR # 1005826February 2012

United States District Court for Middle Tennessee                                  August 2012

Work experience

Feb 2010Present

Adjunct Professor

Bethel University
Mar 2010Present

Adjunct Professor

Colorado Technical University
Nov 2008Present

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 2012Present

Adjunct Professor

Everest University Online
Mar 2011Nov 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 2011Oct 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 2008Dec 2009

Adjunct Professor

Brown Mackie Career College
Jan 2007May 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 2006May 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 2005Dec 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 2003Jun 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

Aug 2004May 2007

Juris Doctorate

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

Bachelor of Science

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

Certifications

Internet and Core Computing Certification

CyberLearning Academy