REKA BALA 2079 32nd St. # B3 ♦ Astoria, NY 11105 ♦ Phone: (917) 992-3705 ♦ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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Judicial Clerk: Beginning Sept. 1, 2010, will draft bench memoranda for Judge Messano to augment both published and unpublished opinions.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.