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					REKA BALA
2079 32nd St. # B3 ♦ Astoria, NY 11105 ♦ Phone: (917) 992-3705 ♦ E-mail: reka.bala@mail.law.cuny.edu

                                                         EDUCATION
City University of New York School of Law                                            Candidate for Juris Doctor, May 2010
Cumulative GPA: 3.77
Honors: New York City Law Review, staff member, 2008 – present
        CUNY Moot Court:
                 Nassau Competition, 2009: Justice Edward J. Hart Award for Best Oral Advocate; Second Place Finalist
                 Summer Competition, 2008: Second Place Finalist
                 Executive Board Treasurer, 2009-10
        Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fellow, 2008

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism: Master of Science in Journalism                                June 2003

Washington University in St. Louis: Bachelor of Arts, double major in International Studies and Spanish              May 1999
Studied abroad at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago (January – July 1998)

                                                   LEGAL EXPERIENCE
Hon. Carmen Messano, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, Jersey City, NJ                    Sept. 2010 – Aug. 2011
Judicial Clerk: Beginning Sept. 1, 2010, will draft bench memoranda for Judge Messano to augment both published and
unpublished opinions. Expect to conduct legal research and analysis on issues before the Appellate Division.

New York State Supreme Court, Long Island City, NY                                                         Jan. 2010 – present
Legal Intern for Court Attorney Referee Elizabeth Anderson: Write legal opinions on civil matters, including property and
matrimonial disputes. Also observe Referee’s trials and help with courtroom-related procedures when needed.

Main Street Legal Services, Inc., Flushing, NY                                                        Aug. 2009 – Dec. 2009
Legal Intern for Elder Law Clinic: Represented parties in Article 81 proceedings in New York Supreme Court and served as
Court Evaluator to determine whether an alleged incapacitated person required a court-appointed guardian.

City University of New York School of Law, Flushing, NY                                             Aug. 2008 – Jan. 2010
Research Assistant to Prof. Deborah Zalesne: Researched and drafted memoranda on various legal issues for a book intended
to help law professors incorporate exam-preparation skills into first-year contracts courses.

Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly P.C., New York, NY                                                              May – Aug. 2009
Summer Associate/Paralegal: Assisted attorneys representing Verizon with civil litigation matters, such as drafting a motion to
strike an answer for failure to provide discovery; developing case theories to dismiss a 42 U.S.C. §1981 claim and impose strict
liability onto the designer of a defective school guard rail; preparing discovery responses; and conducting research.
City University of New York School of Law, Flushing, NY                                                      Aug. – Dec. 2008
Teaching Assistant for Prof. Jeffrey Kirchmeier – Criminal Law: Worked closely with professor during Fall 2008 semester to
help first-year class understand doctrinal concepts through weekly office hours and monthly review sessions.
Citigroup, Office of General Counsel, New York, NY                                                           June – Aug. 2008
Summer Associate: Worked with in-house attorneys to draft changes to Citi client contracts. Also developed solutions for legal
issues affecting the creation of a new investment Web site and advised on how to avoid defamation and liability claims.
                                        OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Gannett Company, Inc., White Plains, NY; Bridgewater, NJ                                             Sept. 2003 – June 2007
Criminal Investigative Reporter for The Journal News: Wrote on criminal-related matters in upstate New York counties.
Municipal Reporter for the Courier News: Covered education, government, crime and diversity issues in New Jersey.
Bloomberg News, New York, NY                                                                                  June – Aug. 2003
Reporter: Wrote articles about the public financing of infrastructure projects through the use of municipal bonds.

Medill News Service, Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C.                                                    Sept. 2002 – May 2003
Reporter/correspondent: Covered business, immigration, politics and federal court cases in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

                                              LANGUAGES AND INTERESTS
Fluent in Spanish and Tamil; Play the violin; Enjoy reading historical-fiction novels.

				
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