Resume

MELISSA J. SACHS

+1.215.645.2657 • melissa@recruiteresq.com

Professional Licenses, Certifications, Trainings

Bar Memberships: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of New Jersey, District of New Jersey (2006) (Inactive)

Certified Mediator: Pittsburgh Mediation Center, Pittsburgh, PA (May 2006)

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA (2006)

Juris Doctor and Certificate in International and Comparative Law, 3.30 G.P.A.

  • School of Law Community Service Award
  • Semester Honors Spring 2004, Fall 2004, and Spring 2006
  • Election Protection Coalition; Client Counseling Competition

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2003)

Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature, Minor in Economics, 3.31 G.P.A.

  • Office of New Student Programs, Academic and Social Peer Mentor; Services for Students with Disabilities; Delta Phi Epsilon, Coordinator of Fundraising

Work Experience

Common Vision LLC, Philadelphia, PA (March 2008 – Present)

Editor-in-Chief, Web Developer, and Contributor

  • Develop, write, and publish on law, technology, and culture for two online publications: http://recruiteresq.com (technology and career development for members of the legal industry) and http://nonpretentious.com (pop culture blog)
  • Source talent to contribute to website and manage all contributors
  • Maintain, organize, monitor, and develop back-end of website and web analytics
  • Create and implement marketing and branding strategies for each site
  • Teach course on blogging for legal professionals

JuriStaff Legal Staffing, Philadelphia, PA (April 2007 – January 2009)

Attorney Recruiter

  • Recruited attorneys for clients including, but not limited to, Am Law 100 and Am Law 200 firms, investment banks, and financial companies
  • Responsible for all aspects of attorney placements including, but not limited to, identifying and actively recruiting candidates, conducting behavioral-based interviews, and negotiating compensation

Silver and Silver, Ardmore, PA (November 2006 – March 2007)

Part-time Attorney (during job search)

  • Compiled social security claimants’ medical histories and prepared requests for approval of benefits
  • Assisted in trial preparation and drafted pleadings, settlement demands, motions, and memoranda of law

Sidney L. Gold and Associates, Philadelphia, PA (July 2006 – November 2006)

Associate

  • Prepared legal memoranda regarding various employment and bankruptcy issues under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the Whistleblower’s Protection Act, and the Bankruptcy Code
  • Drafted charges, complaints, motions, memoranda of law, a brief to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and an executive employment agreement
  • Corresponded with clients regarding discovery requests and conducted client intake interviews
  • Represented clients before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

City of Pittsburgh Law Department, Pittsburgh, PA (May 2005-May 2006)

Certified Legal Intern

  • Prepared appellate brief for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and a City policy on municipal employees‘ cell phone use in vehicles for the City Solicitor
  • Drafted City contracts, licenses, resolutions, ordinances, responses to Right-To-Know Act requests, and various legal memoranda on governmental immunity, tort liability, and labor and employment issues under the United States Constitution, the Civil Service Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and Title VII
  • Represented City in administrative tax appeals and in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Joseph, OR (October 2004 – April 2006)

Virtual Legal Intern

  • Recruited law student interns to research women’s rights and judicial autonomy in Haiti
  • Coordinated a speaker-series that featured attorneys speaking on human rights issues around the world
  • Coordinated an internet fundraising campaign that raised over $1,000 in donations

Guild Law Center for Social and Economic Justice, Detroit, MI (May 2004 – August 2004)

Legal Extern

  • Researched and drafted legal memoranda on various living wage ordinances enacted throughout the United States and workers’ rights under state and federal Whistleblower Protection Acts
  • Drafted an intake questionnaire and conducted client interviews to prepare for a union-side class action suit

Teaching Experience

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA (August 2004 – May 2006)

Legal Writing Teaching Assistant, Professor Marvin Fein

  • Selected to be one of five students in the Teaching Assistant course during the 2004 – 2005 academic year
  • Advised first-year students on legal writing, research, blue book citations, and oral argument skills

Computer Skills

Software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat; eEmpact; Microsoft Office

Open-Source: Joomla! and WordPress

Coding Languages: HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and MySql

Research: LexisNexis and WestLaw