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RESUME ACTION VERBS

Below is a list of action verbs to assist you in describing your experiences and accomplishments:
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accomplished contacted explored mediated researched
achieved continued facilitated modeled resolved
acquired contracted figured modified responded
activated convened financed molded restored
adapted conveyed focused monitored retained
adjusted coordinated forecasted motivated retrieved
administered corresponded formed named reviewed
advised counseled formulated negotiated revised
allocated created fostered observed rewrote
analyzed critiqued founded obtained routed
annotated decided functioned operated scheduled
anticipated defined generated ordered searched
applied delegated governed organized selected
appraised delivered grouped originated served
arranged demonstrated guided outlined shaped
articulated derived helped oversaw shared
assembled designed identified perceived showed
assessed detected illustrated performed simplified
assigned determined immunized persuaded solicited
authored developed implemented planned solved
balanced devised improved planted specified
briefed directed increased presented spoke
budgeted distributed informed presided stimulated
built drafted initiated printed structured
catalogued edited instituted produced studied
categorized educated instructed protected supervised
chaired effected interpreted provided supported
clarified elicited interviewed publicized synthesized
cleared encouraged introduced questioned targeted
coded established invented raised taught
collaborated evaluated investigated recommended tested
compared examined judged recorded trained
compiled executed led recruited translated
completed exhibited listened reduced tutored
composed expanded maintained rendered updated
computed expedited managed repaired utilized
conducted experienced marketed reported verified
consolidated experimented mastered represented wrote

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sample 1L resume

NICOLE JOHNSON

njohnson@law.harvard.edu
Current Address Permanent Address
10 Holmes Hall 125 East 78th Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 New York, NY 94110
(617) 495-6984 (212) 648-7306

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2007


Activities: Women’s Law Association
Board of Student Advisers
Black American Law Students Association

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, B.A. in Sociology, June 2003


Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
cum laude
Bradford Scholarship for senior thesis research
Activities: Wisconsin Herald, Reporter
Student Senate, Senior Class Representative
Women’s Center, Community Outreach Chairperson
Varsity Swim Team
Thesis: AIDS and Health in the Third World: A Case Study of the
Spread of AIDS in Kenya

EXPERIENCE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN


New York, NY Summer 2003
Staffed an information referral service for women dealing with domestic violence, rape,
divorce, child custody, health care, and employment issues. Wrote press releases. Drafted
correspondence. Tracked pending legislation.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARS SUMMER PROGRAM


New York, NY Summer 2002
Assisted the Language Services Coordinator of the Mayor’s Office. Worked closely with
city agencies in preparation for the research and writing of a Language Community Services
Mayoral Plan. Attended weekly seminars on state government.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY


Madison, WI Spring 2002
Graded exams and papers for a class entitled “Sociology of Modern Europe.” Held weekly
office hours for 60 students.

WISCONSIN STATE ASSEMBLY, SENATOR WILKINS


Madison, WI Summer 2001
Researched and analyzed state legislative issues concerning reproductive rights. Contacted
key state officials to testify at committee meetings.

LANGUAGES Fluent in Spanish. Proficient in French.

INTERESTS Enjoy swimming, alpine skiing, gourmet cooking, Star Trek, and the Yankees.
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sample 1L resume JOANNA HUEY
71 Everett Street #4
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 867-3214
huey@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2006


Activities: Tenant Advocacy Project
Journal of Law and Technology
Harvard College Pre-Law Advisor
Law and Economics Research Assistant to Professor Louis Kaplow

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, B.A. cum laude in Economics, March 2002


Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Detur Book Prize for academic excellence
Activities: Harvard Women’s Club Tennis Team, Co-Captain
The Harvard Crimson, Science Page Feature Writer
Bureau of Study Counsel, Economics tutor

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA, FACULTAD DE FILOLOGIA, Spring 2002


Spanish Language and Culture Program

EXPERIENCE MORGAN STANLEY, New York, NY Summer 2001; 2002–2003


Fixed Income Analyst, Corporate Derivatives Group
Analyzed corporate liability portfolios in the context of the market environment and accounting
considerations. Advised corporate clients on interest rate, currency, and credit risk management
strategies. Structured, priced, and executed derivative product transactions. Designed and presented
teach-in sessions on fixed income derivatives for analysts across the firm. Coordinated with Debt
Capital Markets to bring new issues to market.

PROJECT HEALTH, BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER, Boston, MA 1999–2001


Fitness and Nutrition Program
Developed and directed a fitness and nutrition education program for low-income adolescents.
Supervised and trained ten volunteers. Produced aerobics video. Collaborated with Harvard School
of Public Health professors to research, design, and implement evaluation measures.
KidsCare
Analyzed $150,000 budget to identify cost-cutting initiatives. Raised resources for Project HEALTH
through on-campus fundraisers and donations from local sponsors.
Family Help Desk
Advocated on behalf of low-income families for welfare benefits and legal services.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC CENTER, Cambridge, MA 1998–2001


Taught aerobics, step, and muscle conditioning classes five days a week. Trained other students to
become aerobics instructors.

HERZOG HEINE GEDULD, Miami, FL Summer 1999


Assisted traders making markets in NASDAQ and Bulletin Board stocks. Researched and tracked
companies on Bloomberg news service.

LANGUAGE Fluent in Spanish

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ARTHUR GEER

1541 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 510


Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 493-9098
ageer@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, CANDIDATE FOR J.D., JUNE 2007


Activities: International Law Journal
Journal on Legislation

HARVARD COLLEGE, B.A. IN MODERN EUROPEAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY, JUNE 2001
Honors: cum laude (cumulative GPA 3.7)
Institute of Politics Summer Scholarship
Derrick Buck Scholarship, awarded to outstanding history majors
Activities: Harvard Glee Club, President
Institute of Politics, Student Advisory Committee
Cambridge School Volunteers

EXPERIENCE

TEACH FOR AMERICA, NEW YORK, NY 2001-2002


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LIAISON
Responsible for outreach and education efforts aimed at federal, state and local officials. Lobbied and conducted research
on national legislation affecting teacher recruitment and training, student loan forgiveness and related issues. Coordinated
recruitment at fifty college campuses.

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, CENTER FOR TALENTED YOUTH, CARLISLE, PA SUMMER 2001
Taught European History and Russian/Soviet History courses to gifted students ages twelve to sixteen. Led classes.
Developed curriculum and testing materials, tutored and advised individual students and graded exams.

JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, CAMBRIDGE, MA SUMMER 2000


Researched mayoral politics by analyzing elections in 30 largest U.S. cities from 1960s through present. Studied
increasing political power of African-American and Latino populations. Interpreted demographics, voter registration,
and election data.

LET’S GO TRAVEL GUIDES, HARVARD STUDENT AGENCIES, CAMBRIDGE, MA SUMMER 1999


Assistant Editor of Let’s Go: Europe (distribution 225,000 copies). Authored introduction to text. Oversaw editing of entire
900-page guide.

OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER, PHILADELPHIA, PA SUMMER 1998


Analyzed diverse pending legislative issues, including the Armenian-Turkish conflict, state economic development, and
career criminal tracking and sentencing. Met with constituents and addressed individual and community concerns.
Helped plan media events.

PERSONAL

Interests include international relations, politics, running, racquet sports, computers, architecture, and music. Have
traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Panama, and Eastern Europe.

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XAYKHAM KHAMSYVORAVONG
21 Mellen Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 495-3108
xay@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2007


Activities: Lincoln’s Inn Society
Human Rights Law Journal

BROWN UNIVERSITY, B.A. in History, June 2003


Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Rose Writing Fellows Program
Varsity Basketball

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY IN FLORENCE, Spring 2001


Studied Italian, Art History, and Italian Renaissance History during semester abroad.

EXPERIENCE RHODE ISLAND STATE LEGISLATURE, Providence, RI Summer 2003


Legislative Assistant
Compiled financial statistics regarding state defense industry output. Analyzed legislation
to determine effects on area defense contractors. Drafted report used by legislators in
debates and voting. Assigned to special task force investigating possibilities for urban
industry revitalization.

BROWN UNIVERSITY, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT, Providence, RI Spring 2002


Assisted teaching of introductory level “Victorian Literature” course to fifty students.
Lectured weekly, graded essays, and conducted small group sessions.

BROWN UNIVERSITY, CAREER PLANNING CENTER, Providence, RI 2002-2003


Advised students on all aspects of career planning, including resume and cover letter
writing, interviewing, alumni networking, and applying for graduate education programs.

SOUTH BEACH RACQUET CLUB, Miami, FL Summer 2002


Oversaw twelve-person sales staff at Club’s surf shop. Maintained accounts and ordered
inventory.

FOOD SERVICES, Providence, RI 2000–2001


Managed Ratty Dining Hall, which serves over 1,000 students daily. Coordinated work
schedules. Delegated responsibilities to staff. Organized and accounted for all supplies.

LANGUAGES Fluent in Chinese and Spanish. Working knowledge of Italian.

PERSONAL Enjoy hiking, reading, music, running, deep sea fishing, and French wines. Have traveled
extensively throughout South America and Asia.

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DANA LANGSTON

130 Oxford Street


Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 495-4856
DLangston@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2007


Activities: International Law Journal
Student Public Interest Network

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, B.A. with High Honors in International Politics, June 2001
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Skirm Prize for best research project in Government Department
Robert Jones Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to community service
International Relations Award, Political Science Department
Activities: Ingersoll Youth Shelter Volunteer Program, Director
Varsity Track
Thesis: German Decision-Making During World War II

EXPERIENCE

SMITH, MALLORY AND WHITE, New York, NY 2001–2003


Assisted litigation department with international practice. Responsible for document review and deposition
summaries in class-action tort case involving a Korean airline. Conducted on-site discovery in Germany on a
case involving a car manufacturer. Managed pro bono project involving development in Eastern Europe.

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, OFFICE OF COMMUNITY SERVICE OUTREACH, Middletown, CT 2000–2001


Student Coordinator of Community Services
Supervised student-run volunteer programs at area youth shelters, elementary schools, and churches. Founded
and coordinated a tutoring program for a local elementary school. Organized toy and food drives for inner city
families.

MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, New York, NY Summer 2001


Interviewed witnesses and aided in preparation of evidence for cases involving assault, tax evasion, and drugs.
Attended preliminary hearings, trials, and sentencings. Worked closely with Assistant District Attorney.

FARREN AND KING, New Haven, CT Summer 2000


Helped defense attorney prepare evidence in a murder trial. Interviewed witnesses and reviewed documents.

PERSONAL

Interests include weightlifting, racquetball, mountain bicycling, river rafting, and chess.

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JEREMY GOLDSTEIN
41 Bright Street - #106A
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 921-4007
Jgoldstein@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2007
Activities: Law School Council, Section Representative
Information Technology Committee, Student Representative
Kids in the Court classroom teacher
Human Rights Journal

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, B.A. in Politics, May 1999


Honors: magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Pi Sigma Alpha (national Political Science honor society)
Spinoza Prize for Essay in History of Ideas (legal implications of freedom of expression)
Activities: Brandeis Hillel, Orthodox Organization President/Treasurer
Student Senate, Allocations Board

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM, Spring 1998


Coursework in International Affairs, Jewish Studies and Hebrew

EXPERIENCE
STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS, White Plains, NY
Senior Manager – Check-In Redesign Project 2003 - 2004
Managed teams that identified improvements for hotel check-in process. Evaluated and prioritized resulting opportuni-
ties. Directed legal strategy and contract negotiations for vendor selection. Defined business requirements and oversaw
technical development for self-service check-in kiosk. Authored and presented strategy and status reports to senior
management in order to build alignment and support across various divisions of the company.
Manager – Broadband Business 2002 - 2003
Developed financial models and forecasts for new business unit. Researched and evaluated strategic, financial and
competitive positioning to establish goals and analyze potential acquisitions. Coordinated legal and contractual details of
vendor and hotel relationships, including drafting of standard user contracts.

LUMINANT WORLDWIDE CONSULTING, New York, NY


Enterprise Strategy Analyst 2000 - 2002
Provided team-based research and strategic consulting services. Developed comprehensive financial models and written
business plans. Performed competitive and market research and analysis. Integrated technical development with business
requirements. Initiated and led internal community service, research resources and new employee training programs.
Client industries included financial services, computer hardware and software, consumer services and chemicals.

ARTHUR D. LITTLE CONSULTING, Cambridge, MA


Research Analyst 1999- 2000
Investigated organizational design and strategy opportunities for clients and internal firm projects. Conducted qualitative
and quantitative analysis through academic and industry research, client interviews and organizational reviews.

SKILLS
Proficient in Hebrew. Trained in Six Sigma process improvement methodology.

PERSONAL
Interests include international relations, foreign policy, skiing, running, cooking

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sample 1L resume MONIQUE DOUGLAS

Local Address Permanent Address


1700 Cambridge Street – Apt. 1 mdouglas@law.harvard.edu 37 Olive Lane
C Cambridge, MA 02138 Violette, MO 63132
( (617) 555-3200 (314) 393-6984

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2007


Activities: Prison Legal Assistance Program
Black Law Students Association

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY, B.S. Accounting, December 1999


Honors: summa cum laude
Highest GPA in Senior Class – School of Business and Industry
The Accounting Award – School of Business and Industry
Golden Key National Honor Society
Activities: National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.
Young Women’s Council

WORK KPMG LLP, St. Louis, MO Summer 2003


EXPERIENCE Audit Senior
Planned and executed audits of public companies and employee benefit plans. Developed and
maintained relationships with key client personnel.

ARTHUR ANDERSEN LLP, St. Louis, MO 2000– 2003


Audit Senior
Organized and supervised audits of public and private companies. Served as liaison to clients. Served as
member of Diversity Leadership Team, a group of associates and partners responsible for addressing workplace
diversity issues. Participated in recruiting efforts to identify and attract top accounting students. Taught audit
introduction course to summer interns. Mentored two new staff persons. Served as member of People Council,
a diverse group of employees that served as sounding board for Director of Human Resources. Participated in
office-sponsored community service projects, including Habitat for Humanity and The National Conference for
Community and Justice Walk-a-Thon.

COMMUNITY PROJECT RISE MENTOR, St. Louis, MO Dec. 2003– July 2004
SERVICE Mentored inner city teen from disadvantaged background by participating in activities that suited her interests,
such as going to movies, and encouraging her to improve her academic performance.

KELLY FINANCIAL RESOURCES, St. Louis, MO Oct. 2003– July 2004


Analyzed insurance policies for terrorism coverage on commercial mortgages loans. Spoke with
lenders, borrowers and insurance agents to assess adequacy of insurance coverage.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, Tallahassee, FL Spring 1999


Prepared income tax returns for low income families.

MENTOR AT NIMS MIDDLE SCHOOL, Tallahassee, FL Fall 1998


Mentored and tutored “at-risk” teen at local middle school by assisting mentee with school work
and playing games with her during mentoring session at school.

FAMU NEW BEGINNINGS NURSERY SCHOOL, Tallahassee, FL Fall 1998


Assisted teacher with classroom activities by reading stories to children and helping with lunch time
and recess activities.

SOUP KITCHEN, St. Paul, MN Summer 1998


Prepared and served meals for the homeless.

CERTIFICATION CPA, 2000

INTERESTS Watching movies; aerobics; and African, jazz and praise dancing.

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sample 1L resume with little relevant experience. See also corresponding cover letter at right.

Ms. ANURAGI SINGH

32 Sophie Street #1, Somerville, MA 02143


asingh@law.harvard.edu Cell: (2012) 270-2000

EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D. candidate, June 2007


Activities: Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Journal
Lambda

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, B.A. in Political Science, June 2004


Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
magna cum laude
University Honors Scholar
Activities: JKA Shotokan Karate GWU
GWU Capoeira
Theatre and Dance Department, dancer

EXPERIENCE

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA Fall 2004-Present


Research Assistant for Professor Christine Desan
Research gay civil rights litigation regarding the Solomon Amendment. Analyze causes of action.
Organize student researchers.

HARVARD DEFENDERS, Cambridge, MA Fall 2004-Present


Represent defendants at criminal show cause hearings. Perform client interviews. Advise defendants of
show cause procedures.

STAR RESTAURANT GROUP, Washington, DC Fall 2003


Provided fine dining service, specializing in wine service.

GRANDPARENTS, Newton, NJ Summer 2003


Tended to my terminally ill grandmother, maintaining twenty four hour care for over two and a half
months.

ARAMARK, Washington, DC Fall 2000- Spring 2003


Managed catering department’s service employees. Helped coordinate multiple events each week.

PERSONAL

Worked 35-40 hours per week as a full time undergraduate to finance my education.

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32 Sophie Street, #1
Somerville. MA 02143

December 22, 2004

Vincent Warren
Law Student Intern Program
ACLU National Legal Department
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004-2400

Dear Mr. Warren:

I am a 1L at Harvard Law School and I am writing to apply for a summer internship in your office. I am ex-
tremely interested in the ACLU National Legal Department’s summer internship because of the opportunity to
promote civil rights through impact litigation setting. I am fortunately able to volunteer because Harvard Law
School will provide me with funding for the summer.

My interest in a civil rights career began while I was working my way through college. Holding jobs in kitch-
ens and restaurants, I was exposed to the chronically abusive environment of low-wage employees. While
fighting for their right to worker’s compensation, fair hours, and decent treatment, I learned how meaningful
social justice work could be.

This last semester at Harvard provided me the opportunity to continue working on civil rights issues. Recent
projects include research to address the military’s presence on campus and representation of indigent defendants
at show cause hearings. While at Harvard, I’ve also taken the time to sharpen my editing skills by working on
the Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Journal, and enhance my drafting skills by working for Professor Desan on
possible litigation challenging the Solomon Amendment. Prior to Law School, I developed a strong work ethic
and the ability to succeed with a wide range of personalities by working full time as an undergraduate to finance
my education. I believe that my commitment to civil rights work, along with the skills I’ve developed, will
allow me to contribute to the ACLU.

I would greatly appreciate the chance to meet with you to discuss the possibility of a summer position. I will
call you next week to see if you are able to meet with me. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me
at (212) 270-2000. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Anuragi Singh

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1L sample resume

KATHERINE E. UNGER

16 Trowbridge Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(617) 492-4779
Katieunger@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2007


Activities: Korean Law Students Association, Co-Chair
City Year, Volunteer and Serve-A-Thon participant
Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, Section Representative

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, M.A. in Literature, June 2003


Thesis: Political Crisis as Motif in Pacific-Rim Literature

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, B.A. in History and Literature, June 2001


Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Asian Student Association, President and Founder
St. Joseph’s High School, Tutor in English
The Kansas Crier, Staff Writer

EXPERIENCE

POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, KANSAS UNIVERSITY


Topeka, KS 2001–2003
Researched the socio-economic effects of changes in public policy in the former Soviet
Union and the social effects of the fall of Communism for Professor Karen Swartz.

TOPEKA COMMUNITY CENTER


Topeka, KS ` 2000–2001
Volunteered with the afternoon Latch Key Program. Helped children with homework.
Led athletic activities.

KIM, O’BRIEN, AND SMITH PEDIATRICS


Huntington, NY Summers 2001, 2002
Tested children’s eyesight and hearing before their physicals. Calmed patients while in
waiting room. Filed and typed patient records.

INDIAN ACRES SUMMER CAMP


Fryeberg, ME Summer 2000
Senior camp counselor for boys ages fourteen through sixteen. Taught tennis lessons
and lived with the campers.

PERSONAL

Traveled extensively through Europe in the Summer of 1997. Enjoy keeping a journal,
writing poetry, and playing tennis.
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WILLIAM ZABALA

14 Fairmont Street
Cambridge, MA 02137
(617) 493-2727
wzabala@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2007


Activities: Children’s Rights Project

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, B.A. in History, June 2004


Honors: G.P.A. 3.6 with honors
Activities: Kids Day Organizer
Varsity Tennis Team
Admissions Tour Guide

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY IN PARIS, Spring 2002


Studied Renaissance Art and European History during semester abroad.

EXPERIENCE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, College Park, MD 2002–2003


Resident Advisor
Planned academic, social, and cultural programs for co-ed hall of fifty-seven students.
Administered residential disciplinary system. Conducted residential judicial
hearings for floor residents.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, College Park, MD 2002-2003


Tutored seven high school students in History and English. Instructed students in
essay writing, note-taking, and studying techniques.

CAMP HEARTLAND, Blairstown, NJ Summer 2002


Camp counselor for eleven children, ages eight through ten, with or affected by HIV/
AIDS. Created and supervised daily activities.

WHINKLER POOL COMPANY, St. Olaf, MN Summer 2001


Head Manager
Oversaw twenty person lifeguard staff. Coordinated and taught swimming
lessons. Coached swim team to regional championship. Ensured overall safety of
public pool.

COLLEGE TOWN RECORDS, College Park, MD 2001–2003


Assistant Manager
Handled all inventory shipments and purchases. Coordinated work
schedules. Assisted in hiring decisions.

LANGUAGE Fluent in Spanish.

PERSONAL Enjoy basketball, reading, fishing, hiking, and surfing the net.

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sample 1L “Before” resume KEVIN STACK

29 Ruby Street, #704


Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1000
KStack@law.harvard.edu
__________________________________________________________________________________________________

EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2007

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, B.A. in History, May 2002


Honors: Dean’s List (Seven semesters)
King's Crown Leadership Award (Gold Crown)
Activities: Columbia Men Against Violence, President
Community Impact Student Executive Committee, Manager
P.S. 165 Tutoring, Program Coordinator and Volunteer Tutor

EXPERIENCE

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION, New York, NY 2002– 2004
Project Manager, Revenue Division
Coordinated administration of over one hundred concessions, which included golf courses, parking lots, restau-
rants, skating rinks, and tennis facilities. Wrote Requests for Proposals and Bids, conducted on-site
walkthrough meetings with prospective concessionaires, authored executive summaries of proposals and bids,
chaired Selection Committees, drafted submissions to City’s Managerial Oversight Group and Franchise and
Concession Review Committee, prepared contractual agreements, served on Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Coordinating Committee, composed correspondence, oversaw existing concessions.

COMMUNITY IMPACT, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY May 2001– August 2001
Executive Assistant
Assisted Executive Director of university’s umbrella community service organization by composing correspon-
dence, preparing reports for grant proposals, attending conferences, collaborating with Board of Directors to
enhance fundraising strategies.

NEW YORK LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS, New York, NY June 2000– July 2000
Research/Campaign Assistant
Researched legislative records, reviewed candidate responses to NYLCV-questionnaires, prepared candidate
summaries for interviews and Endorsement Committee meetings, assisted in management of campaigns, drafted
external correspondence.

LANGUAGE

Working knowledge of Spanish.

PERSONAL

Interests include basketball, crossword puzzles, politics, and traveling.


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sample 1L “After” resume highlighting extensive community service

KEVIN STACK
29 Ruby Street, Apt. 704
Cambridge, MA 02138
(917) 533-1285
KStack@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2007

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, B.A. in History, May 2002


Honors: Dean’s List
King’s Crown Leadership Award (Gold Crown)
Activities: Community Impact Student Executive Committee, Manager

EXPERIENCE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION, New York, NY
Project Manager, Revenue Division 2002–2004
Coordinated administration of over one hundred concessions, which included golf courses, parking
lots, restaurants, skating rinks, and tennis facilities. Wrote Requests for Proposals and Bids,
conducted on-site walkthrough meetings with prospective concessionaires. Authored executive
summaries of proposals and bids, chaired Selection Committees. Drafted submissions to City’s
Managerial Oversight Group and Franchise and Concession Review Committee. Prepared contrac-
tual agreements. Served on Flushing Meadows Corona Park Coordinating Committee.

P.S. 165 TUTORING PROGRAM, Columbia University, New York, NY


Program Coordinator and Volunteer Tutor 1998–2002
Recruited volunteers Conducted planning and follow-up meetings with teachers and
administrators. Matched tutors with teachers, provided advisory support. Formulated annual
budget requests. Organized special events. Designed and maintained web site. Trained incoming
coordinators. Co-authored coordinator handbook. Tutored students in mathematics and reading.

COLUMBIA MEN AGAINST VIOLENCE, Columbia University, New York, NY


President and Member 1999– 2002
Facilitated small-group discussions on relationship violence. Visited residence halls to orient first-
year undergraduates with anti-violence resources. Participated yearly in organizing of “Take Back
The Night” march and speak-out against sexual violence. Partnered with Student Health Advisory
Committee to coordinate March 2001’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

COMMUNITY IMPACT, Columbia University, New York, NY


Executive Assistant Summer 2001
Assisted Executive Director of university’s community service organization. Composing corre-
spondence. Prepared reports for grant proposals. Attended conferences. Collaborated with Board
of Directors on fundraising strategies.

NEW YORK LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS, New York, NY


Research/Campaign Assistant Summer 2000
Researched legislative records. Reviewed candidate responses to NYLCV-questionnaires. Pre-
pared candidate summaries for interviews and Endorsement Committee meetings. Assisted in
managing campaigns. Drafted correspondence.

LANGUAGE Working knowledge of Spanish.

PERSONAL Interests include basketball, crossword puzzles, politics, and traveling.

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MOLLY CURREN
34 Central St., Apt. 35 4086 Ridgeway Drive
Brookline, MA 02138 Fort Wayne, IN 98347
(617) 492-7645 (516) 285-3682
mcurren@law.harvard.edu molly@aol.com

EDUCATION
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL Cambridge, MA J.D. expected June 2005
Activities: Research Assistant-Professor Mary Dooley; Board Member-
Women’s Law Association, International Law Society: National Association
of Students Against Homelessness - Schools Committee Member; violin student.
Affiliations: Law and Medicine Society.

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE Hanover, NH B.A. received June 1998


Graduated magna cum laude with B.A. in Government. United Nations Intern-Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, Vienna, Austria, Foreign study in
government, economics and systems analysis in Budapest, Hungary.
Activities: Big Sister, Pediatrics Ward Volunteer, Jersey City “mini -summer
camp” weekend for inner-city children Volunteer; runner.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE
PROFESSOR MARY DOOLEY, Boston, MA, Summer 2003–present
Research Assistant
Prepare memoranda on subjects including: the rights of people with mental and
physical disabilities to consent to medical treatment; the legal and ethical
obligations of attorneys who know a client is involved in illegal activities.

CRAWLEY, ELLIS & MCNEIL, Chicago, IL, 2000–-2002


Paralegal
Wrote memoranda for labor, health care, environmental and litigation
departments. Assisted in updating book on drug testing in the workplace and in
preparing for administrative hearing on nursing home code violations.

BRISTOL COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Forge, MA


Paralegal — Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, June 1999–July 2000
Interviewed sex crimes victims and arresting officers and assessed their cases;
wrote arraignment papers and letters to Parole Board; assisted prosecutors with trial preparation;
referred victims to counseling services.
Paralegal: Pro Bono Program Coordinator - Appeals Bureau, July 1997–June 1998
Wrote briefs under supervision of Assistant District Attorneys; managed
program that recruits attorneys from private firms to write Appeals Bureau
briefs; coordinated part-time proofreading staff, proofread, cite-checked and
shepardized Appeals Bureau briefs.

COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES, New York, NY, December 1998–June 2000


Reviewed work of parties responsible for placing foster children in permanent
homes and gave status reports to Manhattan Family Court Judges at case
hearings.

PUBLICATIONS
“How Women Are Forced to Stay: An Examination of Societal Responses to Battered Women.” Paper and policy recommendations
published during course of United Nations Internship by U.N. Secretariat for use at Expert Group Meeting on Violence in the Family,
Vienna Austria, December 1996.
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MOLLY CURREN

34 Central Street, #35


Brookline, MA 02138
(617) 492-7645
mcurren@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D. candidate, June 2005


Activities: Women’s Law Association, Board Member
Jewish Law Student’s Association, Board Member
National Association of Students Against Homelessness (NASAH)
International Law Society

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, B.A. Political Science, June 1998


Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
magna cum laude
Fire and Skoal Senior Society
Activities: Big Sister
Jersey City “mini-summer camp” weekend for inner-city children, Volunteer

KARL MARX UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS, Winter 1995


Semester abroad in Budapest, Hungary. Coursework in government, economics and systems analysis.

EXPERIENCE PROFESSOR MARY DOOLEY, Harvard Law School, Boston, MA Summer 2003–Present
Research and write memoranda on subjects, including the rights of people with mental and physical disabilities to
give informed consent to medical treatment, and regulations qualifying medically needy families for Medicaid
benefits.

CRAWLEY, ELLIS AND MCNEIL, Chicago, IL 2000–2002


Wrote memoranda for labor, health care, environmental, and litigation departments.

BRISTOL COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Forge, MA


Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit 1999–2000
Interviewed sex crime victims and arresting officers and assessed their cases. Wrote arraignment papers and letters
to the Parole Board. Assisted prosecutors with trial preparation. Referred victims to counseling services.
Appeals Bureau 1998–1999
Drafted briefs under supervision of Assistant District Attorneys. Managed program that recruits attorneys from
private firms to write Appeals Bureau briefs. Coordinated part-time proofreading staff. Proofread, cite-checked,
and shepardized Appeals Bureau briefs.

COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE, New York, NY 1998–1999


Reviewed work of parties responsible for placing foster children in permanent homes, and gave status reports to
Manhattan Family Court Judge at case hearings.

UNITED NATIONS CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE BRANCH


Vienna, Austria Fall 1997
Pursued independent research on societal responses to battered women.

PUBLICATION “How Women Are Forced to Stay: An Examination of Societal Responses to Battered Women.” Paper and
policy recommendations published by U.N. Secretariat for use at Expert Group Meeting on Violence in the
Family, Vienna, Austria, December 1996.

INTERESTS Swimming, jogging, camping, and hiking.

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MARLENE M. DEHLINGER

19 Upland Road, Apt. 17


Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 863-7008
mdehlinger@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D. candidate, 2006
Activities: Human Rights Law Journal
Law School Council, Section Representative
Amnesty International, Co-chair

YALE UNIVERSITY, B.A. in Economics, 2000


Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
magna cum laude
T. Edwards Prize for outstanding community service
Activities: Yale Journal of Human Rights, Editor
Yale College Council
Admissions Office Tour Guide
Intramural Lacrosse

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO, Egypt, Fall 1999


Intensive study of Arabic history and culture as part of semester abroad program.

EXPERIENCE
TENANT ADVOCACY PROJECT, Cambridge, MA Fall 2003–Present
Represent low-income tenants before the Cambridge Rent Control Board. Perform client interviews. Mediate disputes. Advise
tenants of legal rights under the statutes of the city of Cambridge.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, Geneva, Switzerland Summer 2003


Monitored United Nations conferences. Drafted internal memoranda and reports. Researched international human rights statutes.
Fielded phone calls regarding alleged human rights violations in Central America.

CONNECTICUT COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, New Haven, CT 2000–2003


Investigated employment and housing charges of discrimination. Conducted fact-finding conferences. Negotiated settlements
between disputing parties. Researched applicable state and federal law. Drafted official investigatory reports for the
Commissioners.

PROF. BILL JONES, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, Yale University, New Haven, CT 1999–2000
Led weekly review sections for fifteen students and held office hours for “Law and Public Policy” seminar. Graded papers.

PUBLICATION
Note, “International Human Rights: Emerging Trends Behind the Iron Curtain,” 42 Human Rights Journal 25 (2003).

LANGUAGE
Working knowledge of Punjabi and Spanish.

INTERESTS
Enjoy photography, bhangra, and hip hop.

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LOUISE KING
53 Elm Street, Apt. 2 * Somerville, MA 02143 * Tel: 415.577.9378 * Lking@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D. candidate, June 2006


Activities: Harvard Law Review, Treasurer
Law School Council, Vice President
Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Research Assistant
Multiracial Law Students’ Association, Co-Founder and Co-Chair
Black Law Students’ Association
Gary Bellow Public Service Award Committee

YALE UNIVERSITY, B.A. with Distinction in Political Science, May 2000


Honors: Yale Beta Rho Chapter, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society
Yale Club of Boston Scholarship
National Achievement Scholar
Activities: Community Problem Solving, Co-Director
Circa Blue (social/community service group), President
America Reads Challenge, Tutor
State of Connecticut, Office of the Public Defender, Judicial Intern

EXPERIENCE SOUTHERN CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, Atlanta, GA Summer 2004


Researched legal issues for several death penalty cases, drafted corresponding memoranda and wrote section of appellate
brief. Conducted inmate interviews, observed court proceedings and investigated private probation systems, in indigent
defense cases in Georgia.

TENANT ADVOCACY PROJECT, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA 2003-2004


Represented low-income tenants before the Cambridge and Boston Housing Authorities. Performed client interviews and
case research. Advised tenants of legal rights under state and local law.

PACIFIC COMMUNITY VENTURES, San Francisco, CA


Community development venture firm investing in businesses based in low-income communities.
Manager, Marketing & Business Development 2002-2003
Developed and maintained strategic partnerships to support portfolio companies and analyzed social return data.
Responsible for marketing, communications and public relations, including website redesign and major fundraising event.
Managed external event, web and public relations consultants.
Manager, Operations & Marketing 2001-2002
Managed financial reporting and operating budget of almost $1M for the nonprofit organization. Worked with President
on fund development strategy and execution. Developed and produced PCV’s first annual report and marketing materials.
Managed administrative staff.

MAGICBEANSTALK.COM, INC., New York, NY 2001-2002


Manager, Finance & Administration
Implemented financial & administrative policies and procedures, served as contact for investor relations, and managed
administrative staff. Created relationships with legal, accounting, and insurance firms.

HOLT, WEXLER & FARNAM, LLP, New Haven, CT 1999-2000


Performed research and drafted legislative and grant proposals for local consulting firm specializing in urban policy and
economic development. Served as lead in drafting grant proposal to secure funding for a computer-training program at a
local community organization.

HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATION, New York, NY Summer 1999


New York City Government Scholars Program
Helped to author sections of report regarding implementation of recent welfare reforms. Conducted data analysis
and on-site research at pilot Job Centers.

ACTIVITIES Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Francisco and the Peninsula, Mentor (2001-2003/present)
Hands On San Francisco, Volunteer and selected TeamWorks participant (2002-2003)
National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ), Volunteer (2000-2001)

INTERESTS Community economic development, criminal justice, mentoring, tennis, drawing and painting.
Participant in cultural and student exchange programs in Moscow, Russia and South Africa.
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VAN HARRIS

1200 Upland Road, Apt. 1


Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 863-7008
vharris@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2005
Activities: Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Executive Technical Editor

KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, Candidate for M.P.P., June 2005


Concentration: Human Services, Labor, and Education

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, B.A. in Economics, May 1998


Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
summa cum laude
T. Edwards Prize for outstanding community service
Activities: Community Impact, Treasurer
GED Tutoring
Advocacy for the Homeless
EXPERIENCE
CROWELL & MORING, LLP Washington, D.C. Summer 2003
Wrote legal memoranda on topics including class certification and agency status under Freedom of Information Act. Tracked
and analyzed health care legislation. Investigated legal liability resulting from disposal of leased office equipment.

NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND, Washington, D.C. Summer 2003
Authored legal memoranda on voting rights, employment discrimination, and transportation issues associated with
welfare reform.

SOUTH BROOKLYN LEGAL SERVICES, CORPORATION “B,” Brooklyn, NY Summer 2001


Worked on cases involving denial of or reduction in government benefits, focusing especially on compliance with
workfare regulations. Prepared clients for administrative hearings. Drafted section of appellate brief. Researched
changes in law stemming from 1996 Welfare Reform Act. Created factsheets for local community on Medicaid and
food stamp eligibility.

CENTER ON SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND LAW, New York, NY Summer 2001
Interviewed potential plaintiffs for class action welfare rights litigation and prepared affidavits. Researched history of
U.S. workfare litigation. Assisted with preparation and bluebooking of Official Comment on Wisconsin welfare
reform. Wrote articles and literature summaries for newsletter.

THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE, Washington, D.C. 1998-2000


Assisted senior economists on diverse projects including changes in income distribution and family structure in the
U.S. and Canada. Analyzed aggregate and survey data. Wrote literature reviews and edited manuscripts.

COMMUNITY IMPACT, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY 1997-1998


Allocated $16,000 budget and monitored expenditures for twenty-five student volunteer service organizations.
Personally advised three of these organizations. Organized and publicized campus and community-wide events for
umbrella group of 600 volunteers.

PERSONAL
Studied at St. Petersberg State University, Russia, summer 1997. Enjoy traveling and competitive skiing.

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MOLLY GREENE

129 Summer Street


Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
(617) 625-3150
mgreene@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Candidate for J.D., June 2005


Activities: Environmental Law Journal, Articles Editor
Prison Legal Assistance Project, Board of Directors
Children’s Rights Project
Third-year Visitation Rights of Women Prisoners: State-Imposed Boundaries on
paper: The Child-Parent Relationship

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY, M.A. in History, June 1999


Thesis: Changing Perspectives on Domestic Violence: 1880s to the Present

WELLESLEY COLLEGE, B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies, June 1997
Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Jennifer Stone House for Battered Women
Amnesty International, President

EXPERIENCE HARVARD LEGAL AID BUREAU, Cambridge, MA 2002–Present


Represent indigent clients in family and domestic violence matters before the Middlesex District Court. Lead bi-
weekly legal educational groups for battered women. Created self-help handbook on obtaining preliminary
injunctions.

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, Washington, D.C. Summer 2003


Developed legal briefing papers and lobbied Congressional staff on abortion and death penalty legislation. Drafted
hearing testimony and conducted legal research.

ARNOLD AND PORTER, Washington, D.C. Summer 2002


Worked on international Haitian refugee class action. Conducted research regarding statutes. Compiled statistics
on refugees to the United States.

PROFESSOR MARTHA WOODS, HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA 2002–2003


Researched current case law regarding Title X family planning clinics and reproductive freedom.

NATIONAL WOMEN’S LAW CENTER, Washington, D.C. Summer 2002


Drafted amicus briefs for pending Supreme Court cases. Lobbied Congressional offices on pending legislation
before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Attended inter-office strategy sessions. Researched trends in
parental notification laws, and drafted handbook for affiliate offices nationwide.

YOUTH SERVICE, INC., Philadelphia, PA 1999–2001


Provided intensive home-based and court services to abused and neglected children and their families. Helped
clients acquire welfare benefits, education, medical care, and drug and alcohol counseling.

PUBLICATION Note, “Women’s Legal Rights in the Surrogacy Debate,” 34 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 351 (2003).

INTERESTS Enjoy international relations, ice hockey, writing poetry, and Russian literature.

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18 Ellery Street, Apt. 2 ■ Cambridge, MA 02138


(617) 596-7255 ■ Lmcnear@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D. candidate, June 2005


Activities: Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Student Articles Editor
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Board Member, Student Attorney
Ames Moot Court Competition, Participant, Team Captain
Student Public Interest Network (SPIN), 1-L Board Member
“Campaigns and Elections,” Harvard University Teaching Assistant
“Politics of the Legal System,” Brown University Teaching Assistant
Award: Summer grant from HLS Alumni Association of Washington D.C. (2003)

BROWN UNIVERSITY, B.A. Political Science with Honors, May 1997


Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
magna cum laude
Activities: Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE), Mediator
Residential Council, University Disciplinary Council, Student Member

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, Study Abroad Program, Spring 1996

EXPERIENCE JUDGE LEONIE BRINKEMA, E.D. Va. (Alexandria) Sept. 2005– Sept. 2006
Judicial Clerk

BAKER BOTTS, L.L.P., Washington, D.C. Summer 2004


Shaped prospective pro bono suit to survive expected sovereign immunity challenge. Drafted sections of
briefs, including Strickland claim in death penalty appeal and motion to dismiss. Researched motion for
sanctions against opposing counsel.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C. Summer 2003


Capital Case Unit, Criminal Division
Researched Cotton decision’s impact on federal death penalty. Wrote reports to Attorney General on death-
eligible federal cases.
Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division
Advised prosecutor on best statute to prosecute suspected witness tampering. Developed circuit-by-circuit
analysis of federal statute.

MIDDLESEX DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Cambridge, MA 2001-2002


Assistant Press Secretary
Authored press releases highlighting the District Attorney’s public activities. Answered broad range of media
inquiries. Monitored anti-crime legislation.

HAMILTON FOR CONGRESS, Bloomington, IN 2000-2001


Finance Director
Managed and performed all aspects of fundraising process that set a District record for individual contribu-
tions. Tripled the donor base, and ultimately raised over $535,000.

ABC NEWS, New York, N.Y. 1999-2000


Polling Analyst
Analyzed and wrote articles on ABC News surveys for general media distribution.

PENN, SCHOEN & BERLAND, New York, N.Y. 1997-1998


Project Manager
Supervised surveys for major clients, including President Clinton, AT&T, and AMEX.

INTERESTS Enjoy running, documentaries, learning how to cook, politics and amateur photography.

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MICHAEL L. BLOCH

125 West 34th Street


New York, NY 02201
(212) 665-7234
michael@law.harvard.edu

EXPERIENCE SMITH AND HERRINGTON, New York, NY 1998–Present


Associate, Litigation Department
Represent clients in various stages of civil litigation. Draft briefs, complaints, pretrial motions, memoranda and
discovery requests and responses. Second-chaired white collar crime trial involving an alleged money
laundering scandal. Team member on 1996 class action lawsuit brought on behalf of homeless persons in the
city of New York. Serve on pro bono committee.

SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT, Boston, MA 1997–1998


Law clerk to Justice Arthur D. Stewart. Assisted Justice Stewart in all aspects of appellate practice, including
preparing pre-argument memoranda, attending oral arguments, reviewing trial records, and researching, editing
and evaluating the legal analyses in drafts of written opinions.

NOW LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND, Washington, D.C. Summer 1996
Assisted in pending federal district court litigation over the creation of an all male public education school in
Michigan. Researched applicable state and federal law, drafted pretrial argument memoranda, and filed a
discovery motion with the District Court. Drafted portions of an amicus brief for Supreme Court case involving
state infringement of abortion rights.

CRABTREE, DEWEY AND DUNN, Palo Alto, CA Summer 1995


Summer associate in twenty-person firm specializing in venture capital work.

JAMAICA PLAIN LEGAL SERVICES, Jamaica Plain, MA 1995–1996


Worked on appeals of landlord-tenant cases to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and assisted in
representing indigent clients in housing matters before the Rent Control Board. Appealed welfare benefit
terminations.

WORLD WILDLIFE FEDERATION, Kenya Summer 1994


Helped establish joint U.S.-Kenya venture with private industry to fund wildlife preservation.

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D., June 1997


Honors: cum laude
Activities: “Women and the Law,” Undergraduate Teaching Fellow
Harvard Women’s Law Journal, Articles Editor
Alliance for Public Interest Alternatives

DUKE UNIVERSITY, M.A. in Public Policy, June 1995

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, B.A. in Women’s Studies, June 1992


Honors: cum laude
Activities: Outward Bound, Team Leader
Edward Brooks Homeless Project

PUBLICATION Note, “Women’s Legal Rights in the Workplace,” 12 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 351 (1996).

BAR Admitted to New York Bar in 1997. Member of American Bar Association Committee on Affordable Housing
and Homelessness and New York Bar Association Pro Bono Task Force.
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JOHN J. TROMBETTA

99 Cliff Street, Apt. G-6


Bangor, ME 03301
(615) 742-5628
jtrombetta@law.harvard.edu

EXPERIENCE

MAINE PUBLIC DEFENDER, 1999-Present


Executive Director
Direct and administer statewide public defender program consisting of fifty lawyers in six offices throughout
Maine. Supervise all staff on litigation and ethics issues. Develop and conduct training programs for new
and experienced lawyers and investigators. Try homicide and other serious felony cases in Superior Court.

PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICE FOR D.C., 1992–1999


Staff Attorney
Represented indigent defendants in all aspects of trial litigation in District of Columbia Superior Court,
including jury trials on behalf of clients charged with murder, rape, armed robbery and other felony and
misdemeanor offenses. Briefed and argued criminal appeals in District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Trained and supervised junior attorneys in investigation, motion, trial preparation and trial advocacy
techniques.

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS, FIFTH CIRCUIT, 1991–1992


Law Clerk
Assisted judge in preparation for oral arguments and in research and writing of published opinions.

BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA, 1987–1991


NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 1983–1987
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA, 1986
YALE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 1983–1987
Trombonist

EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL J.D. 1991


Cambridge, Massachusetts

YALE COLLEGE B.A. 1987


New Haven, Connecticut

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JOHN J. TROMBETTA
99 Cliff Street, Apt. G-6
Bangor, ME 03301
(615) 742-5628
jtrombetta@law.harvard.edu

EXPERIENCE MAINE PUBLIC DEFENDER, Bangor, ME 1999–Present


Executive Director
Direct and administer statewide public defender program of 50 lawyers in six offices throughout Maine.
• Supervise staff on litigation and ethics issues
• Develop and conduct comprehensive training programs for new and experienced lawyers and
investigators, including a two day retreat and monthly training sessions
• Oversee and testify to the state legislature an annual operating budget of $4.6 million
• Arbitrate personnel issues and develop new policies
• Lobby state legislature on criminal justice issues, including reviewing proposed statutes and commenting upon
their potential impact on the state criminal justice system
• Speak to schools, bar associations and prison groups on criminal justice issues
• Developed nationwide recruiting program to attract top legal talent from graduating law school classes
• Initiated law suit regarding state implementation of Supreme Court standards for post-arrest detentions
• Tried first-degree murder case in Superior Court, and work closely with staff attorneys on numerous pending
trials, assisting with opening and closing statements, litigation strategies and evidentiary issues

PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICE FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Washington D.C. 1992–1999
Staff Attorney
Represented indigent defendants in all aspects of trial and appellate litigation in District of Columbia courts.
• Tried cases in District of Columbia Superior Court on behalf of clients charged with murder, rape, armed robbery
and other felony and misdemeanor offenses
• Briefed and argued criminal appeals in District of Columbia Court of Appeals
• Trained and supervised junior attorneys in investigation, motions, trial preparation and trial advocacy
techniques
• Served as senior co-counsel in murder and rape trials
• Lectured at law schools, including Harvard, Georgetown, and George Washington, as well as at the Criminal
Practice Institute

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS, FIFTH CIRCUIT, Shreveport, LA 1991–1992


Law Clerk
Assisted judge in preparation for oral arguments and in research and writing of published opinions.

BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA 1987–1991


NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 1983–1987
YALE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Trombonist 1983–1987
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA 1986

EDUCATION HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D., June 1991


Honors: cum laude
Activities: Prisoner Legal Assistance Project, Board of Directors

YALE COLLEGE, B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, June 1987


Honors: magna cum laude

BAR Member of Maine, Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars.

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Mr. DARGAN JONES

501 Museum Street, #1L


Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 495-1000
djones@law.harvard.edu

EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D. candidate, June 2005


Activities: Prison Legal Assistance Project, Secretary, Executive Committee
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice / Harvard Defenders, Coordinator
Social/Communications Director, Harvard Defenders
Public Interest Auction 2002, Co-Chair, Corporations Committee
Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
Professor Christine Desan, Research Assistant
Awards: Best Appellee Brief, Section II, First Year Ames Competition

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, Ph.D. in American History, June 1997

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, M.A. in American History, June 1990

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM, ENGLAND, B.A. Hons. History, June 1988

EXPERIENCE

ISLAND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, Coupeville, WA Summer 2004


Rule 9 Legal Intern
Handled misdemeanor calendar. Negotiated plea agreements. Briefed and argued suppression motions. As-
sisted in the preparation of a major murder appeal response brief and a brief opposing a breath test suppression
motion affecting more than 50 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases. Conducted a bench trial and a jury
trial.

ATTORNEY GENERAL, CRIMINAL BUREAU, Boston, MA Fall 2003


Clinical Internship
Attached to the Corruption, Fraud and Computer Crime Unit. Assessed the need for new legislation. Drafted
money laundering statute. Wrote a prosecution memo in a child pornography case. Authored opposition to
motion for new trial and opposition to motion to suppress identification.

ATTORNEY GENERAL, ENVIRONMENTAL SECTION, Anchorage, AK Summer 2003


Researched a variety of issues, including bankruptcy law, federal sovereign immunity, mutual mistake in con-
tract and statute of limitation questions. Wrote memoranda supporting summary judgment motions. Drafted
complaints. Conducted field investigations. Negotiated settlement of state recovery cost dispute with the
Department of the Interior.

ALBRIGHT COLLEGE, Reading, PA 2001-2002


COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU), Fort Collins, CO 1998-2001
Assistant Professor of American History
Designed, prepared and taught courses on 20th century American history, American foreign policy and Ameri-
can women’s history. Researched and wrote about women’s involvement in and attitudes towards American
foreign policy in the 1930s. Served as CSU faculty adviser of Phi Alpha Theta, a history honors society and
worked as a specialist reader for the Berkshire Book Prize Committee.

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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, Seattle, WA 1992-1997


Teaching Assistant and Writing Instructor
Provided teaching and grading support to professors in large history survey courses. Provided individual tutorial
assistance for students writing history papers. Designed and presented workshops for undergraduates aimed at
improving their writing and exam-taking skills. Served on the Graduate Curriculum Reform Committee in the
Department of History in 1995. Served as a graduate student representative on the university-wide Academic
Grievance Committee.

PUBLICATIONS

“Women’s Organizations, American Foreign Policy and the Pacific War, 1937-1941,” 70 Pacific Historical
Review, 601, (November 2002).

Our War Too: American Women Against the Axis, University Press of Kansas, September 2003.

PERSONAL

Enjoy playing soccer, scuba diving, learning to fish.

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10 Hastings Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138

December 16, 2004

Ken Johnson, Esq.


Executive Director
Bay Area Advocates
10 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Dear Mr. Johnson:

I am a first-year law student at Harvard Law School and I am interested in employment opportunities with your
office this coming summer. I was excited to learn about Bay Area Advocates from Mary Sinclair, a staff
attorney in your office who spoke at a World of Law panel at Harvard Law School last month. Having grown up
in San Francisco, I would like to return for the summer and hope to find an internship where I can continue my
commitment to civil rights work.

During the summer after my junior year at Duke, I volunteered at Ackerman & Alter, a small civil rights law
firm that specializes in employment discrimination. My case research explored the civil rights of gay people
who were denied jobs for which they were fully qualified, and women who received less pay than men who
worked in similar positions. I learned a great deal in a relatively short amount of time about legal research and
writing about civil rights litigation. It was this fulfilling experience that prompted me to go to law school,
where I could pursue civil rights work more directly.

During both semesters at Harvard, I have continued to concentrate on civil rights issues by externing with the
Boston chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. I have assisted our lawyers on issues ranging from death
penalty policies to fair housing legislation. My desire to become a civil rights advocate has only increased as a
result. I thoroughly believe that my background, as well my familiarity with the San Francisco area and its
political landscape, would enable me to make significant contributions to Bay Area Advocates.

Enclosed is a detailed resume that highlights my experience and education. I would appreciate the opportunity
to meet with you to discuss summer employment and can be reached at (617) 495-8856. I will call your office
next week about the possibility of arranging an interview while I am in San Francisco the week of December
23rd. Thank you in advance for your time.

Sincerely,

Douglas D. Conti

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12 Oxford Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 643-2886

December 13, 2004

Ms. Gail Ridgler


Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
473 North Adams Street
Washington, D.C. 20006

Dear Ms. Ridgler:

I am a former investigative journalist in my first year at Harvard Law School and am interested in the
summer internship offered by the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press. Tim Cotler, who
held the position last year, mentioned the internship to me. After discussing the position with Tim, I
believe my background in journalism and interest in the legal rights of journalists would be a great fit
for your office.

While working part-time for the San Francisco Post as an assistant city desk editor and senior
reporter, I focused mainly on investigative reporting and won several awards for my work. My
responsibilities included assisting other reporters in obtaining documents and informing them of their
rights in court. Working on the legal aspects of journalism at the Post gave me a new passion —
advocating for the rights of journalists. Thus, I made the decision to go to law school and pursue this
passion as my career. I am committed to working toward two goals: making access to documents
easier and protecting journalists from unfair libel prosecution.

During my undergraduate years, as Editor in Chief of the University of Wisconsin Gazette, I was
responsible not only for editing the largest publication on campus, but also for ensuring its financial
stability. I worked closely with the reporters who came to me when they needed advice about a story,
usually asking about what they could and could not print. As a staff writer for the Sacramento Times,
I experienced the other side of reporting. I discovered, personally, how difficult it can be to obtain
documents vital to a story, as well as how easily accusations of libel can be made.

The knowledge which I have gained through my journalism experiences will allow me to be an asset
to your organization. I will be in Washington, D.C. from December 22 to January 15 and would
appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the possibility of working for you this summer.
I will call your office next week to schedule an appointment. Please find enclosed a resume and
writing sample. I thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Carly Smith

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75 Kiran Street
Cambridge, MA 02137
(617) 465-6892

December 2, 2004

Jason K. Stearns
Director of Legal Recruitment
Bronx County District Attorney’s Office
198 East 161st Street

Dear Mr. Stearns:

I am a first year law student at Harvard Law School and am very interested in working next summer as a Legal
Intern in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. I hope to one day become a criminal prosecutor and I
believe that working in your office with some of New York’s finest prosecuting attorneys would be an invalu-
able step toward that goal. Serving as a Legal Intern would also allow me to contribute my advocacy skills to
your office.

While an undergraduate at Boston College, I served on the Student Government as the Co-Director of Women’s
Issues. This role allowed me to promote gender equality while developing my leadership skills and organiza-
tional abilities. During my undergraduate career, I also represented students appearing before the Judicial
Board as a student advocate for the Student Rights Committee. This experience greatly contributed to my
desire to pursue a career as a trial attorney. I witnessed the critical role that attorneys play in ensuring justice
for all parties in need of representation in legal proceedings.

For the past three summers I have served as Camp Director at Shady Grove Day Camp for Girls. My position
required that I oversee a staff of thirty camp counselors and over 150 campers. As Camp Director, I was re-
sponsible for interacting closely with parents, children, and fellow counselors. This experience allowed me to
develop my interpersonal skills and motivational abilities, traits I believe are critical to be an effective legal
advocate. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to study Criminal Law with Professor Carol Steiker.
Professor Steiker introduced me to the complexities of criminal procedure while demonstrating the constitu-
tional foundation of the criminal justice system.

I believe I could make a substantial contribution to your office if offered the opportunity. I hope to meet with
you in person to discuss my qualifications for a position with the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office.
Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Toni Mardirossian

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514 Cambridge Street


Cambridge, MA 02198

December 7, 2004

William Schaeffer, Esq.


Manhattan Lawyers for Justice
395 Broadway, Apt. 7D
New York, NY 10012

Dear Mr. Schaeffer:

I enjoyed speaking with you earlier this week and I write to express my continued interest in Manhattan Lawyers for
Justice (MLJ). As I mentioned, I would greatly value the opportunity to volunteer at your office this coming summer.
I have reviewed the materials on the MLJ Summer Program and am convinced that an internship with your organiza-
tion would grant me exactly the experience that I am seeking. The possibility to work in depth on a few specific
impact litigation cases while at the same time gaining exposure to the broader array of public interest specialization
areas and advocacy activities strikes me as an ideal mix.

Three years out of college, my commitment to public interest work has never been stronger. I applied to law school
in my last undergraduate year at Harvard, and then deferred matriculation in order to broaden my experience and
focus my career goals. I went to work at McKinsey & Company to learn all that I could about a business world
utterly foreign to me. Consulting helped me to hone my analytical ability, creative problem-solving skills, and eye
for detail, and allowed me to learn quite a bit about the telecommunications and healthcare industries. My work with
McKinsey gave me invaluable training in large-scale client services, but it ultimately reinforced my belief that the
clients that mattered most to me were those striving for a greater public good. In my pro bono work for one of our
nonprofit clients, I found that I was happiest, most driven, and most effective.

Now, in my first semester of law school, I have rededicated myself to public service. I spend my time pursuing
public interest activities, including legal research work with the Civil Rights Project and assisting with the Civil
Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. This summer, I am seeking to complement and build upon these experiences
through a position that will grant me real-world exposure to public interest impact litigation.

I am certain that a volunteer internship with Manhattan Lawyers for Justice is exactly what I am looking for, and I
believe that my dedication, research facility, creativity and analytical rigor would allow me to substantively contrib-
ute to your office as well. I have enclosed a resume presenting my qualifications in further detail. I hope that you
will allow me the opportunity to speak with you in person about the possibility of a summer position; I will call your
office after the new year to see if I may arrange an appointment for an interview.

I very much appreciate your time and consideration, and I wish you a very happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Rachael Ward

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14 Williamson Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02137
(617) 493-2727

December 1, 2004

Dinah Wiley
Director
Whitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services
1407 S. Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

Dear Ms. Wiley:

I am a first year law student at Harvard Law School with a background in children’s law who has
worked with children with AIDS or infected with HIV. A summer internship with the Whitman–
Walker Clinic, which I learned about through Harvard Law School’s publication, Serving the
Public: A Job Search Guide, would allow me to build upon my experience working with children
in need.

Last summer at Camp Heartland, I supervised nine and ten year old children who had AIDS or
were infected with HIV. As a counselor, I was responsible for the emotional well-being of my
campers, and throughout the summer, I counseled them on coping with their illnesses. During my
time at the camp, I realized the negative impact that social stereotypes have on children whose
lives are affected by HIV, and I decided to devote my legal education to fighting this
discrimination.

This fall, I have continued to work on HIV/AIDS and children’s issues through Harvard Law
School’s Children’s Rights Project. I have researched Congressional legislation and have drafted
proposed child AIDS legislation that will be presented at The Children with AIDS Conference next
September. I believe that my research skills and credentials, combined with my dedication to this
area of law, would allow me to make a valuable contribution to your office.

Enclosed are a resume and brief writing sample. I would like to meet with you to discuss
opportunities at your organization, and will call your office next week to schedule an appointment.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely,

William S. Zabala

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sample 2L cover letter

40 Oaklyn Street, Apt. 3


Somerville, MA 02143

October 24, 2004

Sandra Hauser, Esq.


National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
918 F Street, N.W., Suite 412
Washington, D.C. 20004

Dear Ms. Hauser:

I am in my second year at Harvard Law School and am interested in working with your office on poverty law
issues this summer. Alexa Shabecoff, Assistant Dean of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School,
suggested that I contact you personally. As you can see from the enclosed resume, I have experience working
directly with low income clients. I have worked on grassroots organization, advocacy for individual clients,
and policy development. I believe that impact litigation will be an important addition to my experience.

Working as a VISTA volunteer in poor, rural North Carolina provided me with grassroots experience and a
perspective on how the law often inhibits, rather than assists, efforts to improve individual communities. My
tenure at VISTA helped me develop the interpersonal skills crucial to assisting clients effectively. In addition,
I had the opportunity to continue my work in policy development, specifically housing policy, which I had
previously performed at Habitat for Humanity.

Last summer, I served as a translator for the Australian aborigines, enabling their stories of injustice to be
more widely read. Our work was constrained by judicial interpretation of the relevant land rights statutes and
by administrative institutions. While in Australia, I came to see that the aborigines had problems which, in
many ways, mirrored the problems of North Carolina’s rural poor. These hardships, which I aim to address
more effectively with my legal education and background, include poor housing, inadequate education, and
unresponsive legal systems.

During law school, I have gained advocacy skills through clinical programs and extracurricular activities
such as counseling clients, gathering information, providing referrals, and advocating in court. Working
directly with clients in the legal system has given me opportunities to see how the law affects real people, but
often justice seems to get lost in the shuffle of overwhelming caseloads.

I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss the National Law Center on Homelessness and
Poverty’s current projects and how I might be of assistance this summer. I have enclosed my resume and, as
a writing sample, a second-place brief in the Ames Moot Court competition. I can be reached at (617) 666-
8553 and will call you in a week to discuss the possibility of a meeting. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Louisa Rose

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sample 3L cover letter

1595 Darlington Ave - 57


Cambridge, MA 02138-8212

October 26, 2004

Stuart Rappaport, Esq.


Public Defender of Santa Clara County
County Government Center, West Wing
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Dear Mr. Rappaport:

I am a third year Harvard Law student determined to pursue a career as a public defender upon graduation. I am
particularly interested in working for your office and would like to speak to you about the opportunities
available.

As you can see from the enclosed resume, I have a strong background in criminal defense work. During the
summer after my first year of law school, I worked for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia,
where I helped attorneys prepare for trial and conducted extensive research on whether juveniles could be
granted jury trials under district law. In my second summer I interned for the North Carolina Resource Center,
researching issues for capital trials and appeals, writing court documents, and meeting with death row inmates.
Perhaps my most gratifying work experience came in interviewing a woman on death row about her childhood,
looking for signs of abuse to support her appeal. Working with her confirmed my commitment to client-based
criminal defense work.

In addition to my summer positions, I have taken every opportunity possible to prepare myself for a career in
criminal defense. I have completed virtually every criminal law course offered by Harvard Law School.
Through my work on the Women’s Law Journal, I have refined my research and writing skills. My training
during the Trial Advocacy Workshop has helped me to develop the strong oral advocacy skills critical in the
courtroom, which I am now putting to use in the Criminal Justice Institute clinical program.

My academic and professional training, combined with my passion for criminal defense work, make me a good
candidate for a public defender position. I would appreciate the chance to discuss my qualifications with you. I
can be reached at (617) 555-6452 and will call your office in the next few weeks to speak about the possibility
of setting up an interview. Thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Weiss

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70 Park Street, Apt. 41


Somerville, MA 02143

November 7, 2004

Derek K. Childress
Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
450 5th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20549

Dear Mr. Childress:

I am a third year law student at Harvard Law School and am very interested in pursuing a career representing
the government in securities and finance fraud cases. The focus of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commis-
sion on enforcing the law in the financial and business world for the public good, rather than for private inter-
ests, seems like the perfect fit for my interests and skills.

I spent my first summer in law school as a summer associate at a small litigation firm in Portland, Oregon,
honing my research and writing skills. During my second summer, I worked at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New
York, where I assisted attorneys in a complex financial fraud case. Although I enjoyed the substantive legal
matters involved in the case, I found myself more engaged by the prosecution’s arguments. In my third year of
law school, I enrolled in a clinical placement at the United States Attorney Office in Boston, investigating the
prior convictions of a repeat felon, helping to prepare the present case against him, and assisting during the trial.
I found the work both in and out of court tremendously compelling, reaffirming my interest in becoming a
federal lawyer.

While in law school, I have taken numerous courses on finance, including Corporations, Bankruptcy, and
Consumer Finance, which have strengthened my understanding of securities and finance. As the Notes Editor
for the Journal on Legislation, I have gained significant experience with collaborative and detail-oriented work
and have further refined my research, writing and analytical abilities.

The skills I have gained during my three years at Harvard Law School and the strong commitment I have to
working on securities fraud issues make me a qualified candidate for a Staff Attorney position at the Securities
and Exchange Commission. I have enclosed a resume for your consideration and will contact you next week to
discuss my candidacy. If you wish to reach me, please call (617) 624-2120. Thank you in advance for your time
and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,

Daniel Jacobson

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