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Cembrye A. Ross
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  • Washington, DC
  • United States
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September 21, 2010

Re: Attorney Position


Dear Sir or Madam:

I would like to apply for a Civil Rights Attorney position with federal government agencies or a position as a student affairs administrator with a college or university in Washington, DC or Maryland.

As an attorney with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, I handled employment discrimination complaints involving the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the Office of Chief Counsel, General Law Division.

My legal research and briefs included issues arising under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Family and Medical Leave Act, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). I also recommended personnel actions to management officials ranging from verbal reprimand to the removal of agency employees. While assigned to the Human Capital Team, I never lost an appeal on behalf of the agency before the Merit Systems Protection Board and received a Department of Homeland Security, Award of Excellence.

I have also completed Advanced Employment Law Training with the United States Department of Justice; as well as Merit Systems Protection Board Law Week, Hearing Practices Week, Equal Employment Opportunity Week, and Specialty Practices Week, including Whistleblowing and Other Retaliation Claims, with the Federal Employment Law Training Group.

Furthermore, I was a member of the Disaster Workforce Legislative Workgroup and drafted provisions of the Disaster Workforce Bill and Surge Capacity Force Agreement, as well as represented the Office of Chief Counsel in H1N1 (Swine) Pandemic Influenza agency meetings.

In addition, I contributed to the current Office of Chief Counsel policy regarding Privacy Act requests from law enforcement agencies for the release of FEMA records to aid in locating New Orleans residents who were displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I also wrote a policy for retrieving Privacy Act information and arranging for witness interviews in state Child Protection investigations involving disaster assistance recipients who were living on Carnival cruise ships after Hurricane Katrina.

While assigned to the Louisiana and Mississippi Transitional Recovery Offices, I worked with the United States Department of Justice and advocacy groups to provide temporary accessible housing for disabled Hurricane Katrina disaster assistance recipients pursuant to the Claire Brou v. Federal Emergency Management Agency Settlement Agreement, which was reached in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

As an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC, who was a team leader, I served as a liaison on behalf of my office and the judiciary to facilitate the effective administration of cases, and provided guidance on all phases of litigation to other members of my team. I also served on the nation's first Domestic Violence Unit staffed
by Assistant United States Attorneys and prosecuted serious criminal offenses.

Moreover, I presented serious criminal offenses before grand juries and conducted felony jury trials, including a several codefendant trial that was more than one month in duration.

In addition, I wrote appellate briefs and argued appellate cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, as well as submitted hundreds of pretrial motions and sentencing memoranda on behalf of the United States.

As Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for the New York City Law Department, I oversaw the daily operations of and established policy for the citywide unit, which
primarily represented young children and women from diverse backgrounds, who were the victims of sexual abuse. I also drafted and commented on legislation on behalf of the Office of the Corporation Counsel.

During this time, I was on the faculty for the New York City Police Department, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course and the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Trial Advocacy Workshop. In addition, I was a member of the New York City Mayor's Criminal Justice Child Abuse Task Force, the Victim Services Protocol Workgroup, and the Board of Education for the City of New York, Commission for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, for which I wrote a protocol that set forth how New York City public schools should handle sex crimes cases that occurred on school grounds or during extracurricular events.

My performance as an attorney was recognized by awards for Outstanding Achievement from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York City Law Department, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as Certificates of Appreciation from the New York City Police Department, Detective Bureau, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course.

Finally, I have earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, with a specialization in Higher Education Policy and
Administration. Relevant courses included: Organization and Governance of Higher Education; Higher Education Law; and Retention of College Students: Academic, Social and Cultural Implications. Relevant papers included: Affirmative Action in Higher Education; and Informal Ways to Combat Faculty Sexual Harassment.

Quantitative, financial, normative, and policy analyses were conducted in researching higher education policy issues. Excellence in the quality of my work resulted in my admittance into Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. My educational background would be invaluable in public outreach to recipients of federal funding regarding their obligations under civil rights laws.

I look forward to discussing my qualifications with you in greater depth and may be reached at (202)465-1904 (cellphone number) or by email at CRoss35452@aol.com. Thank you for your consideration.


Sincerely,

Cembrye A. Ross

Cembrye Alma Ross, Esq.
what is your current, past or ideal job title?
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; Trinity College, Student Affairs.
what languages do you speak?
English
what countries have you lived in?
United States
what's your Hispanic connection?
My focus is on the diversity emphasis of the Job Fair as an
African American woman.


As Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for the New York City Law Department, I oversaw the daily operations of and established policy for the citywide unit, which
primarily represented young children and women from diverse backgrounds, who were the victims of sexual abuse.

As an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC, who was a team leader, I served on the nation's first Domestic Violence Unit staffed by Assistant United States Attorneys and prosecuted serious criminal offenses.

I have earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, with a specialization in Higher Education Policy and
Administration. Relevant courses included: Organization and Governance of Higher Education; Higher Education Law; and Retention of College Students: Academic, Social and Cultural Implications. Relevant papers included: Affirmative Action in Higher Education; and Informal Ways to Combat Faculty Sexual Harassment.

Quantitative, financial, normative, and policy analyses were conducted in researching higher education policy issues. Excellence in the quality of my work resulted in my admittance into Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
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