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Collin C. Joyce 2723 N. Kimball Ave., Apt. 1, Chicago, IL 60647 Collin.C.Joyce@gmail.com www.collinjoyce.com 434.547.4949 Education: 08/09 - Present Loyola University Chicago School of Law Chicago, IL 08/05 – 05/09 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Degree: Bachelors of Arts Major: Political Science Concentration: Politics and Government GPA: 3.6 Honors: Magna Cum Laude Dean's List Dean's Scholarship Work Experience: 02/08 – 06/09 Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons Richmond, VA Helped students and guests navigate the University Student Commons Assisted with planning and running events in the student break room Managed ticket sales to university-sponsored events and programs 06/06 – 08/06 Target Corporation Rocky Mount, NC Maintained product displays Assisted customers with questions concerning products 09/03 – 08/05 High Bridge Design Farmville, VA Designed and maintained websites and graphics for companies and organizations nationwide Filed and mailed invoices Internship Experience: 06/09 – 08/09 Student Association of Youth Outreach Summer Internship Chicago, IL Toured nine Chicago non-profits serving diverse needs in the urban community Interned for two weeks at By the Hand, a tutoring center in Chicago’s infamous Cabrini Green neighborhood Spent one week helping at the annual Dick Helms’s basketball camp Skills: Great Communication Skills Excellent Computer Skills Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Proficient in Adobe Photoshop Skilled in Macromedia Dreamweaver Basic HTML and Flash knowledge Collin C. Joyce 2723 N. Kimball Ave., Apt. 1, Chicago, IL 60647 Collin.C.Joyce@gmail.com www.collinjoyce.com 434.547.4949 References: Jameson Deloach Break Point Manager in VCU Student Commons Virginia Commonwealth University 907 Floyd Ave. Richmond, VA 23284 (804) 828 - 3143 Jordan Whiley Co-owner and Chief Programmer High Bridge Design 204 Georgia St. Farmville, VA 23901 (434) 315-0160 Dr. Carolyn Whittier Associate Director for Programs and Educational Services Virginia Commonwealth University 907 Floyd Ave. Richmond, VA 23284 (804) 828-6500 Collin C. Joyce 2723 N. Kimball Ave., Apt. 1, Chicago, IL 60647 Collin.C.Joyce@gmail.com www.collinjoyce.com 434.547.4949 WRITING SAMPLE #1: Excerpted from a legal memorandum If a person is discharged from his or her employment in Illinois, the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act grants him or her benefits to assuage the economic difficulties resulting from involuntary unemployment. Siler v. Dep't of Employment Sec., 549 N.E.2d 760, 762 (Ill. App. Ct. 1989). Although the employee who was discharged bears the burden of proof in establishing eligibility for unemployment benefits, the courts interpret the statute liberally in favor of awarding benefits. Adams v. Ward, 565 N.E.2d 53, 56 (Ill. App. Ct. 1990). Benefits are awarded or denied in a series of administrative stages, ultimately ending with the Department of Employment Security Board of Review (“Board”), but an employee may appeal these decisions to the circuit court. Id. at 55. On administrative review, a court cannot reweigh the evidence of a case, but rather determines whether the decision to award or deny benefits is against the manifest weight of the evidence. Id. at 56. The Act does not provide benefits for any employees who were discharged as a result of misconduct connected with work. Greenlaw v. Dep't of Employment Sec., 701 N.E.2d 175, 177 (Ill. App. Ct. 1998). When deciding whether an unemployed person is eligible to receive benefits, courts will consider whether the person was discharged for misconduct. Adams, 565 N.E.2d at 54. Under the Act, misconduct is “the deliberate and willful violation of a reasonable rule or policy of the employing unit, governing the individual's behavior in performance of his work.” 820 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 405/602(A) (West 2004). The act also considers whether the violation harmed the employer or other employees or has been repeated by the employee despite a warning from the employer. Id. In our client's case, the issue is whether he deliberately and willfully violated a rule or policy. It is not at issue whether the rule or policy was reasonable or whether the employee's actions caused harm to his employer. Collin C. Joyce 2723 N. Kimball Ave., Apt. 1, Chicago, IL 60647 Collin.C.Joyce@gmail.com www.collinjoyce.com 434.547.4949 WRITING SAMPLE #2: Elinor Ostrom's instant classic Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action focuses on the problem of collectively governing common-pool resources. In the study, Ostrom examines the evolution of the self-governance of these resources, noting examples of effective and well-organized methods of such governance as well as noteworthy examples of failures in common property governing. Central to the study is how a group of principals who are in an interdependent situation can organize and govern themselves in order to obtain continuing joint benefits when all face temptations to free-ride, shirk, or otherwise act opportunistically. She offers up explanations for her findings based on empirical research as well as her own theoretical design framework for effective self-governance of these important common-pool resources. Ostrom uses the term “common-pool resource,” or CPR, to refer to those resources that are shared by a group of individuals, such as water, land, fisheries, and irrigation systems. The difficulty lies in getting these individuals to act unselfishly and pursue their joint welfare. Because of the nature of the process, many problems arise which are outlined in the beginning of Ostrom's study. She creates two categories of individuals involved in resource-sharing: appropriators (those who take from the resource) and providers (those who arrange for the supply and provision of a CPR). Appropriators and providers can be the same individuals but do not have to be. The problems that arise in a CPR are often the result of the failure of these two groups to operate together on the same levels. Examples of such problems are crowding effects, where there exist too many people and too few resources; overuse, where the appropriators are taking more than can be renewed by the providers; and individuals who ignore norms and operate out of their own self-interest.
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