for  Susan Ibarra 


Supporting the Law, Community Service, Advocacy

The decision I made to go back to school and complete ABA approved paralegal studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, adds force to my foundation, which includes support of the law, community service and advocacy.

My ranking is within the top half of the class: final grades scored are A and A- in Civil Litigation; Criminal; Corporate; Estates, Wills, and Trusts; Ethics; Intellectual Property; and Real Estate Law.

Instruction was under the following attorneys: Andrew S. Turkish; Janet Coven; Holly Friedland; Larry Raiken; Matthew Coppolecchia; Andrew B. Lane; Kristyl M. Berckes; John J. Burke; Roy Al Ronning.

Continuing legal education through the New Jersey State Bar and PANJ was provided by the following attorneys: Joseph Zavaglia, Jr., Ethics; Sandra Kroll and Lara Pennington, Strategies for Powerful Legal Writing; F. Peter Phillips, ADR/Mediation for Paralegals.

I am experienced working in team environments and project management.

The course of my professional conduct includes: writing contracts; work authorizations; use-policies and disclaimers for client websites and including where applicable, an assignment of rights. 

Separate projects have involved the following: 

1. Negotiations with copyright holders, obtaining permissions to use music for client websites, at no cost to the client;

2. Brokering cooperation with corporations to supply other clients with materials, equipment, and insurance at no cost for photographic documentation of ADRA's, (Adventist Development and Relief Agency), humanitarian relief efforts in Africa;

3. Conducting needs analysis, and writing outlines to improve services, systems, and  bridge skills-gaps;

4. Develop and facilitate educational programs for professionals that provide for various special needs populations and at-risk youth;

5. Expand and sustain grant sponsored programs for students, which are designed to create awareness and promote self-advocacy for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse;

6. Analysis and reporting to determine the need for additional crossing guard coverage.

Some of the various assessments and written reports were completed for: U.T.C.A.O. Head Start Program in Elizabeth; an independent office of Century 21; Central Region Disabilities and Addiction Task Force; The C.H.I.L.D. Organization (Children Having Individual Learning Differences); Municipal Alliance Coalition for Scotch Plains; Scotch Plains Police Department.


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