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					LAVANYA KESARI CARRITHERS
                                                                                                         703-965-3387
Herndon, VA 20171                                                                                   lxkesa@gmail.com

SUMMARY

Proactive Attorney / Associate / Counsel / Advisor with strong work ethic and entry level complex civil litigation
experience seeks opportunities to negotiate, interact with clients, litigate, take depositions, interview and prepare
witnesses, perform discovery, perform legal research, and analyze and draft legal documents.

EDUCATION
                University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD
                Juris Doctor, May 2009
                Certificate of Environmental Law, May 2009
                Grade Point Average, 3.14

                College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
                Bachelor of Business Administration, May 2001
                Dual Concentration: Information Technology/Operations Management and Anthropology

BAR ADMISSION
            Virginia State Bar, July 2011
            District of Columbia Bar, Eligible

EXPERIENCE
                Attorney with Administrative Law Skills                                          May 2012-Sep 2012
                Walker Law LLC, Alexandria, VA
                  o Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, settlement agreements
                  o Research case law and substantive/procedural state, federal, and local laws governing
                      issues specific to Native Americans including: civil rights, medical malpractice, tribal
                      recognition/restoration/membership, energy development, business and economic
                      development, and enforcement of federal statute and treaty rights
                  o File applications, petitions, and pleadings in administrative actions
                  o Gather facts and obtain evidence through document review and client interviews
                  o Maintain communication with clients to obtain information and apprise them of case status
                  o Periodically update firm’s newsletter with recent developments in the law, case progress for
                      class actions, and short articles on topics relevant to Native American law practice.

                Judicial Intern                                                            Jan 2012 – May 2012
                Arlington County Circuit Court, Arlington, VA
                  o Review pleadings and brief legal and factual arguments
                  o Review, approve, or deny name change and ore tenus hearing requests
                  o Review orders for compliance with procedural and statutory requirements
                  o Prepare summaries for criminal sentencing, probation revocations, and show cause hearings

                Student-Attorney with Complex Litigation, Advocacy,
                and Regulatory Law Experience                                                 Aug 2008-May 2009
                University of Maryland School of Law Environmental Law Clinic, Baltimore, MD
                  o Directed case strategy, managed heavy case-load, facilitated collaboration and problem-
                     solving in the capacity of Team Lead
                  o Drafted motions, complaints, briefs, memoranda, appeal petitions, National Pollutant
                     Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit comments, and client letters
                  o Researched and analyzed federal and state environmental legal issues regarding the Federal
                     Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act), Air Pollution Prevention and Control Act
                     (Clean Air Act), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Surface Mining Control
                     and Reclamation Act, local zoning ordinances, and civil procedure
                  o Conducted investigative research
                  o Maintained close client contact regarding case progress and strategy


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LAVANYA KESARI CARRITHERS
                                                                                                   703-965-3387
Herndon, VA 20171                                                                             lxkesa@gmail.com

              Regulatory Law Clerk                                                         Jun 2008-Aug 2008
              U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, OECA, Air Enforcement Division, Washington D.C.
                o Researched and analyzed legal issues relating to civil enforcement of the Clean Air Act and
                    its regulations
                o Drafted briefs, research memoranda, Request for Information letters, and Administrative
                    Settlement Agreements
                o Investigated cases for potential violations of the Clean Air Act
                o Participated in negotiation meetings and settlement discussions

              Litigation Law Clerk                                                          Jan 2008-Apr 2008
              U.S. Department of Justice, ENRD, Environmental Enforcement Section, Washington D.C.
                o Researched and analyzed legal issues relating to federal civil procedure and civil
                     enforcement of federal statutes including the Clean Air Act, Comprehensive Environmental
                     Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Occupational Safety and
                     Health Act
                o Drafted motions, briefs and memoranda, assisted with discovery
                o Participated in settlement discussions and litigation strategy sessions

              Legal Research Assistant                                                      Sep 2007-Aug 2008
              Associate Professor Jane Barrett, Baltimore, MD
                o Researched and analyzed legal issues pertaining to white collar crime statutes, rules of
                    discovery, standards of review, jurisdiction, and defenses under the Federal Water Pollution
                    Control Act (Clean Water Act)
                o Drafted memoranda on researched issues

              Legal Intern                                                                Jul 2007-Aug 2007
              Law Offices of Judith Wood/Human Rights Project, Los Angeles, CA
               Same responsibilities as in my capacity as a legal extern, please see below

              Legal Extern                                                              Jan 2007-Apr 2007
              Law Offices of Judith Wood/Human Rights Project, Los Angeles, CA
                o Conducted client interviews and follow up
                o Researched and analyzed case law and legal issues relating to immigration laws (asylum
                    cases) and civil rights
                o Drafted memoranda, briefs and motions
                o Assisted in filing immigration documents and applications

              Payables and Payroll Manager                                                   Mar 2004-Mar 2006
              Legalzoom.com, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
                o Managed Accounts Payable operations including timely and accurate processing of invoices,
                    tax reporting, and interacted with vendors and internal departments for information, training
                    and conflict resolution
                o Developed and conducted training programs related to payroll issues
                o Worked with auditors to provide information and access to accounting records as required
                    and participated in auditing projects
                o Oversaw maintenance of departmental records and the generation and balancing of
                    transaction reports
                o Development, implementation and maintenance of policies and programs to assist in
                    accomplishment of long term goals
                o Coordinated and implemented changes in fiscal controls, policies, procedures and human
                    resource management systems
                o Bank Account Reconciliation and Revenue Share Reporting
                o Contracts Management
                o Payroll & Human Resources Administration
                o Administered compensation, performance and benefits systems

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Description: Lavanya Carrithers is a proactive Attorney / Associate / Counsel / Advisor with strong work ethic and entry level complex civil litigation experience seeking opportunities to negotiate, interact with clients, litigate, take depositions, interview and prepare witnesses, perform discovery, perform legal research, and analyze and draft legal documents.