Valeria Watkins-Raglyn

Freelance Paralegal & Legal Translator

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Location:United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/valeriawatkins-raglyn
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Ms. Valeria A Watkins
424 Noice Dr
82E
Salinas, CA 93906 US
Mobile: 8319980182 - Ext:
Email: msval2u2@netzero.com

Work Experience:
Department of Army, Office of Staff Judge Advocate
1336 Plummer St
bldg 275
Monterey, CA 93944 United States

10/2015 - Present
Hours per week: 40
Salary: 47,104.00 USD Per Year
Series: 0950 Pay Plan: GS Grade: 09
Special Assistant to United States Attorney, Paralegal Specialist (This is a federal job)
Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:
I manage the database of Federal Military Police Reports received for the SAUSA (Special Assistant to United States Attorney) to determine proper prosecution as an infraction or misdemeanor; research and prepare documents and correspondence for the SAUSA; serves as liaison between: Federal Police Departments, U.S. Magistrates Judge's Offices, California DMV, SJA(Staff Judge Advocate), U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney's Office, civilian attorneys, and probation officers to coordinate court actions; manage the driving privilege suspension process; identify individuals with two or more traffic violations from the Presidio of Monterey Federal District and notify the Installation Commander, Garrison Commander and Commanders for each military branch; perform court reporter functions for military proceedings, EEO hearings, labor law hearings, and other administrative proceedings; compile, organize and maintain physical custody of original records of trial, exhibits, and physical evidence used in courts-martial and administrative proceedings.

Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1455 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States

12/2013 - 10/2015
Salary: 45,225.00 USD Per Year
Hours per week: 20
Series: 0950 Pay Plan: GS Grade: 9
Paralegal Specialist (This is a federal job)
Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:
I serve as paralegal specialist with the Office of Chief Counsel; I perform legal and factual research and other closely related duties of a complex nature in support of attorneys engaged in litigation cases and matters; I perform research using files, library reference materials, corporate records, computer databases, and other pertinent sources, to supply needed factual information for inclusion in legal documents; also performs preliminary screening of substantive materials prior to review by attorneys; prepare and organize charts, graphs, and other material used as exhibits in court; establish and maintain tracking systems in entering case information into the system to generate informational and statistical reports; administers the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Program; conducts or assists attorneys in interviews, investigations to secure affidavits of witnesses; performs office administration and management functions; I serve as the supply person for my section; I serve as the TDY coordinator; I have trained to be the timekeeper for my section

Legal Assistance, Office of Staff Judge Advocate
113 Pershing Rd
Ft. Bliss, TX 79916 United States

07/2012 - 04/2013
Salary: 41,800.00 USD Per Year
Hours per week: 40
Series: 0950 Pay Plan: GS Grade: 7
Paralegal Specialist (This is a federal job)
Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:
I determined client’s eligibility for legal assistance services and appropriateness of legal matter for referral to attorneys within the legal assistance branch; I scheduled attorney-client counseling times, dates and maintained schedules; researched applicable local civilian law and regulatory authorities and prepared functional attorney work packet to be used by staff attorneys during client interviews; reviewed files and appointments to determine if a conflict of interest existed under the Code of Professional Responsibility of the Department of the Army; prepared legal documents such as Notary Public under Texas Notary; I served as point of contact for immigration and naturalization information; assisted clientele in dealing with legal issues involving matters such as pro se divorce, labor laws, Business law, Environmental, Family law, Adoptions and Contractor Claims

ARCENT; ASG-KU-CJA, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
Office of the Command Judge Advocate
APO, AE 09366 United States

07/2011 - 07/2012
Salary: 41,563.00 USD Per Year
Hours per week: 40
Series: 0950 Pay Plan: GS Grade: 9
Lead Paralegal Specialist (This is a federal job)
Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:
I served as the lead paralegal specialist in administrative law; I supported the attorneys by performing substantial legal research using computer research methods, manual research of U.S. and Kuwaiti legal decisions, policies, regulations, legal tests, federal and state statutes, host nation cases, opinions, that bear on the legal issues involving diverse clientele serviced by the Command Judge Advocates Office; worked independently and participated in legal discussions with Kuwaiti government officials concerning all legal issues affecting civilian and military personnel assigned to Kuwait; received and interviewed clientele in English to determine the nature of the claim and issuance of required documentation; I conducted the necessary investigation to ensure that the loss, damage or destruction of property was incident to the client's service, whether the claim was reasonable, necessary or proper under the circumstances; determined client’s eligibility for legal assistance services and appropriateness of legal matter for referral to attorneys within the legal assistance branch; I scheduled attorney-client counseling times and dates and maintained schedules; researched applicable civil law and regulatory authorities and prepare functional attorney work packet to be used by staff attorneys during client interviews; reviewed files and appointments to determine if a conflict of interest existed under the Code of Professional Responsibility of the Department of the Army

Department of Army, Office of Staff Judge Advocate
bldg 50
Ft Bliss, TX 79906 United States

05/2009 - 07/2011
Salary: 41,377.00 USD Per Year
Hours per week: 40
Series: 0950 Pay Plan: GS Grade: 7
Special Assistant to United States Attorney, Paralegal Specialist (This is a federal job)
Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:
I served as a Paralegal Specialist for the Magistrate Court of Fort Bliss, TX under the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and as a liaison with the U.S. Attorney and U.S. Magistrate's Court, Western District of TX, El Paso DAs Office, and the Provost Marshal's Office; I performed a variety of complex paralegal duties that included drafting and assembling pleadings, complaints, warrants, subpoenas, notices, and other court and legal documents in cases tried in U.S. Magistrate's Court and Federal Court; I collected forfeiture for fines and fees for traffic violations; I gave writ of dismissals for moving and non-moving violations; conducted legal research and witness interviews; I assisted the Special Assistant United States Attorneys in preparation for DUI, assault, and drug federal cases; I prepared written summaries of court decisions, statutes, and legal opinions; I have knowledge and experience of the principles, concepts, and methods of legal research and reference sources such as Federal statutes, Public Law, Army regulations, case law, and agency publications sufficient to assist victims and witnesses; I have experience with the military justice system and of investigative techniques sufficient to gather and analyze data, preparing bar to post letters, and warning letters for infractions committed by non-military persons on the military installation; I evaluated the usefulness of data collected in resolving factual issues, and to correct administrative or legal deficiencies noted; used interviewing techniques and maintained courteous and effective relations with the military and civilian community, service organizations, and the general public

US Army Fort Wainwright Law Center
Fort Wainwright, AK United States

07/2007 - 07/2008
Salary: 38,000.00 USD Per Year
Hours per week: 40
Supervisor of Criminal Law
Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:
Communicated effectively orally and in writing; prepared legal briefs, actions for the Commanding General, memoranda, and summaries of analyses. Reviewed military and civilian law enforcement agency reports, identified victims of offenses committed by Soldiers, and identified witnesses who may participate in criminal investigations or proceedings for the purpose of providing information or evidence concerning an offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Provided liaison assistance to victims who were seeking available non-military services with the civilian community when victims were not eligible for military social services; assisted attorneys by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, and preparing legal documents. Conducted research to support legal proceedings, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action for judicial and nonjudicial punishment for the Uniformed Code of Military Justice; prepared legal documents, including wills and powers of attorney; prepared other documents and maintained document files by using software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; gathered and analyzed research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents using the legal computer software Lexis Nexis; investigated facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases; called upon witnesses to testify at hearings, arranged travel arrangements for out of town witnesses; directed and coordinated law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas; managed, supervised, and trained newly hired personnel of the Criminal Law Legal Section; assisted attorneys in managing day-to-day operations of the law office; assisted with administrative support activities, including human resources, information systems, and facility management for the entire court; planned, organized, administered, reviewed, and evaluated the work of assigned staff; recommended selection of staff and provided for their professional development and recommended discipline as required; reviewed all discharge packets for completeness, order, enclosures, format dates, signatures, and approving authority signatures; typed appropriate endorsement and other action as required; maintained logs on all discharge actions, coordinated with battalions for *******; monitored administrative holds and suspension of favorable actions of personnel; performed basic legal and administrative research, reviewed and responded to correspondence and inquiries regarding interpretation of court policies and procedures for assigned areas; assisted in and or independently handled a variety of administrative support activities for an entire court, including: facility and space planning; procurement of supplies, equipment, and office furniture; supervised and trained entry level personnel in the Fort Wainwright Law Center, criminal law

US Army, 1st Medical Brigade
Fort Hood, TX United States

08/2005 - 05/2007
Salary: 35,000.00 USD Per Year
Hours per week: 40
Human Resource, Personnel Action Center
Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:
I prepared reports on staffing levels and status of personnel; evaluated personnel qualifications for special assignments; prepared and processed requests for transfer or reassignment; processed classification and reclassification for personnel military occupational skills; prepared orders and request for orders; reviewed temporary duty voucher requests for compliance with statutory, regulatory, and command policies; submitted temporary duty vouchers for payments and processed all claims; prepared and maintained officer and enlisted personnel records; prepared and reviewed personnel casualty documents, monitored suspense actions; initiated, monitored, and processed personnel job evaluations; transferred records; processed personnel for separation and retirement ; was the postal clerk for 1st Medical Brigade I maintained all mail distribution for the brigade and 4 battalions; I was responsible for all records management for the official mailroom including electronically and physically that included: sorting and distributing all incoming official mail by general subject matter to its rightful delivery points within the organization; recorded and controlled incoming and outgoing certified mail and completed associated forms; received, reviewed, recorded and processed all incoming and outgoing APO correspondences and mail to include registered, insured, and certified mail; screened all outgoing materials to ensure that it was in proper format and assembled and addressed in accordance with United States Postal Service (USPS) and DoD postal instructions and directives ; processed recommendations for awards and decorations; processed bars to reenlistment and suspension of favorable personnel actions; processed line of duty investigations; processed deployment forms; typed correspondence and forms in draft and final copy using: Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint; posted changes to Army regulations and other publications; prepared and maintained files on an automated data processing system; applied knowledge of provisions and limitations of Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; assisted with employee relations; briefed employees on compensation and benefits administration and record keeping; maintained employee files and the HR (eMILPO) filing system; was the publications clerk as the publications clerk I was responsible for ordering Army regulations, training manuals, promotion certificates, award certificates, and meal cards; assisted with the day-to-day efficient operation of the personnel action office; supervised and trained entry level personnel in the Personnel Action Center; supervised and trained entry level personnel in the Personnel Action Center

1st Medical Brigade
Fort Hood, TX United States

06/2001 - 07/2005
Salary: 32,725.00 USD Per Year
Hours per week: 40
Administrative NCO, Personnel Action Center
Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:
Received all visitors, answered multi-line telephones, directed calls and recorded messages; determined appropriate course of action; managed Microsoft Office Outlook calendars for the Officer in Charge; conducted research for inquiries requiring attention of the commander; maintained documentation for past incidents and guidance; edited and created correspondence utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, etc; suggested and implemented a new filing system for the entire Personnel Action Center that was used for Operation Iraq Freedom 01-03, and Operation Enduring Iraq 05-06 using Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel; communicated with customers, employees, and other individuals to answer questions; disseminated or explained information, and addressed complaints; compiled, copied, sorted, and filed records of office activities; operated office machines such as: photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems and personal computers; proofread data and other information, such as records and reports; maintained and updated filing, inventory, mailing, and database systems either manually or by using a computer
Education:

Champlain College Burlington, VT United States
Master's Degree 05/2013

Credits Earned: 36 Semester hours
Major: Masters of Science in Law
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Troy University Troy, AL United States
Bachelor's Degree 12/2006

Credits Earned: 148 Semester hours
Major: Criminal Justice Minor: Psychology
Relevant Coursework, Licenses and Certifications:
Homeland Security and Human Relations
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Troy State University Troy, AL United States
Associate's Degree 06/2004

Credits Earned: 90 Semester hours
Major: General Studies Minor: Criminal Justice
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Job Related Training:
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Certificate of Completion office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center, October, 2011
Advanced Individual Training, Paralegal Specialist, Fort Jackson, SC, Mar 2007
Action Officer Development, Army Correspondence Course, Jul 2006
Unit Supply Specialist, Army Correspondence Course, Feb 2006
Human Resources Specialist Certification, Army Correspondence Course, Sept 2005
Supervisor Development, Army Correspondence Course, Mar 2004
Manager Development, Army Correspondence Course, Mar 2003
Advanced Individual Training, Administrative Specialist, Fort Jackson, SC, Sept 2001
Army Basic Military Training, Fort Sill, OK, Jun 2001
Skills (2) Rating
Paralegal
Legal Translation