To Whom it May Concern,
Zayd Khoury has asked me to write a recommendation on his behalf, and I do so with great pleasure. I was Mr. Khoury's direct supervisor when he worked for the Civil Rights Division's Criminal Section of the United States Department of Justice for 10 months, ending this summer.
I am the Special Legal Counsel for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division assigned to our criminal law enforcement program. I have been with the Department for over 25 years and prosecuted some of its significant civil rights cases - the federal prosecution of the Los Angeles police officers who beat an African-American arrestee Rodney King, the murder of Denver Jewish talk show personality Alan Berg, and the last lynching of an African American by the Klan in Mobile, Alabama. I was also involved in teh management of our criminal civil rights program.
Mr. Khoury worked for us as a paralegal, gathering information from the internet and from outside law enforcement sources and helping to manage and track the progress of our investigations. The longer he was here, the more responsibility he was given. In the end, because of his demonstrated abilities, we used Mr. Khoury for assignments that were much more complicated than those for which he had been originally hired.
Mr. Khoury is a very bright, capable, and fast learner with excellent judgment, and most importantly for what we needed, someone recognizes what he does not know. He is eager to learn and approaches all new experiences with an open mind. Mr. Khoury is a supervisor's dream come true - he seeks and accepts responsibility, but knows his limits and when to ask the right question of his supervisor.
Mr. Khoury demonstrated a keen awareness of the importance and sensitivity of the work he was assigned. He completed each assignment quickly with care and attention and demonstrated a knack for multi-tasking. Additionally, he took the initiative to accomplish increasingly difficult tasks that required minimal supervision.
During Mr. Khoury's work with us, the entire office came to like and appreciate him. He is very goal-oriented as well as a team player. He was always punctual yet easygoing. He was devoted to his work and maintained an easy rapport with his co-workers and supervisors.
Zayd elected to leave the Department of Justice to pursue his interests in China and Chinese culture. He has left a hole that will be difficult to fill, but we certainly understand his need to pursue new opportunities.
I have no hesitation in recommending Zayd Khoury for any paralegal position or other legal support position in any field of law. I feel confident he would be an asset to any organization.
Special Legal Counsel
Civil Rights Division