Julia Pitts

Organized and passionate Legal Assistant with experience in both criminal and civil proceedings. Detail-Oriented and punctual in reviewing and submitting court documents and casework.
Work Experience

Senior Legal Assistant, Sullivan & Rothman

Williston, ND January 2015 Present
  • Assisted attorneys with administrative tasks related to opening and maintaining cases
  • Prepared motions and letters under the supervision of the attorney, followed up with pending inquiries
  • Facilitated outreach presentations to community members and potential clients on domestic abuse, sexual abuse, legal issues, and safety planning
  • Drafted pleadings from templates files to the final draft
  • Provided notice and service of the process following the Law
  • Drafted correspondence and presentation materials, entered data, and notarized documents
  • Prepared weekly legal review agenda with the current status and proactively ensured pleadings were prepared for attorney or Director's signature relevant to the agenda items pending
  • Scheduled and facilitates weekly new appointment intake staffings
  • Initiated front end case discovery using a robust search database and advanced internet search tools
  • Set up new electronic and hard copy investigation and appointment case files
  • Provided support in compiling exhibits in support of court filings
  • Actively reviewed post-hearing communications and Minute Entries for Court Ordered actions
  • Actively managed all investigation, temporary case files, and post-appointment legal actions
  • Prepared and maintained Excel tracking logs for internal needs and requests
  • Prepared and staffed legal issues with assigned fiduciary, supervisor, and counsel
  • Reviewed, updated, and printed schedules to ensure timely filing of court-mandated reports
  • Verified and submitted routine pleadings to the Court as prescribed by the State’s Rules of Probate Procedure
  • Prepared written requests sent for evidence, including medical reports and financial documents
  • Completed final quality review of cases pending finalization and post-closure

Legal Assistant, Indicia Consultancy

Fargo, ND January 2010 December 2014
  • Drafted general pleadings, discovery, memoranda, correspondence, reports, contracts
  • Prepared basic and complex court documents requiring knowledge of legal procedures, format, and terminology, in accordance with federal, state, and local rules
  • Organize attorneys’ calendars, leading to a 14% decrease in missed appointments
  • Filed legal papers with the proper courts, including state and local counties
  • Performed legal research under the supervision of an attorney
  • Identified and verified legal citations
  • Organized documents and files in preparation for hearings and trials
  • Provided assistance with locating references in the law library
  • Processed tort claims and litigation against the City
  • Provided information on claims and litigation to the Risk Manager, department staff, third-party administrators, and outside attorneys
  • Established and maintained accurate, up-to-date files
  • Prepared and submitted reports, such as required state and federal reports
  • Provided information related to the work of the office to the public, law firms, courts, and various city, county, state, and other public and private agencies and entities
  • Compiled statistical data and spreadsheet reports; builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the general public


Skills
Communication, Research Skills, Writing Skills, Computer Skills, Organization , Multi-Tasking, Problem-Solving, Detail-Oriented
Hobbies
English Literature, Fiction Writing, Ancient Law Research, Tennis
Education

Oceania Community College

Mandan, ND2007 2009
Paralegal Degree
GPA: 3.7/4.0
Certifications
Paralegal Studies Certificate
2020