Alexandra O’Connor

12140 Thomas Drive, Tustin, CA 92782 |714-651-6697|


University of California, Berkeley                                                                                                                              Class of 2014

B.A. Political Science with emphasis in American Politics                                                                 Cumulative GPA: 3.4

Arnold O. Beckman High School                                                                                                                                Class of 2011

Principal’s Exemplary Honor Roll (4.5+ Cumulative Academic GPA)                                                Cumulative GPA: 4.6


Homeless Advocacy Project                                                                                                                               San Francisco, CA

Intern                                                                                                                                                               May 2016 – July 2016

·       Shadowed an attorney and assisted her in her caseload as she took on new client’s weekly, necessitating large degree of client control, persistently calling, tracking to ensure they made their appointments and court dates—office prioritized mentally and physically disabled who have most difficulty securing social service benefits and who are most at risk of losing their housing.

·       Conducted legal research, drafted motions and discovery, took client’s statements, filed documents, directed home visits.

·       Conducted new client intake interviews where I assessed client’s problem, the procedural state of the eviction, sought their explanation of the allegations, made recommendations at staff meetings after intake on which clients we should represent.

·       Coordinated with variety of resources and organizations to secure documentation and letters of support for client in order to place them in best position for negotiations at mandatory settlement conference—settled all cases with behavioral stipulations where client is able to remain in their home so long as they do not violate the settlement agreement.

Chavos & Rau, APLC                                                                                                                                                   Santa Ana, CA

Legal Assistant/Secretary                                                                                                                             Jan 2015 – July 2015

·       Analyzed documents received from opposing counsel and created summaries—most commonly employee files for wrongful termination cases and medical records for personal injury cases, transcribed discovery responses and prepared them for service

·       Prepared deposition, motion hearing, and trial notebooks for the attorneys, proof-read the attorneys’ outgoing documents: pleadings, discovery, and letters, maintained and updated both our computer and physical filing systems.

·       Drafted declarations, coordinated with opposing counsel to schedule mandatory meet and confer appointments and depositions.

Orange County Alternate Public Defender’s Office                                                                                              Santa Ana, CA

Intern                                                                                                                                             Summers June 2011 – Aug 2013

·       Reported to the office manager and was delegated assignments from the attorneys: compiled trial notebooks, conducted legal research, redacted documents, filed documents with the court and also to the District Attorney’s Office and county jail to drop off and pick up documents, coordinated and delivered borrowed suits for clients to wear for court appearances.

·       Sat in on meetings with clients and also with the office’s investigator, and was tasked to read case files so I could provide my supervising attorney an opportunity to have a dialogue and discuss defense strategies.

Democratic Party of Orange County                                                                                                                       Santa Ana, CA

Intern                                                                                                                                                           June 2013 – Aug 2013

·       Worked with the voter file system, Mobilize, Organize, Elect (MOE) for California’s Democratic Party to find registered voters on who to target outreach towards, created and managed lists of past and potential future donors, organized and led voter registration efforts.


Lambda Chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority at UC Berkeley                                                                                   Berkeley, CA

Member                                                                                                                                                            Aug 2012 – May 2014

·       Organized many philanthropy events, prepared food and activities, advertised and promoted ticket sales, and played as team member in sports competitions representing our sorority in other fraternal organization’s philanthropic fundraising events.

University Clubs and Activities                                                                                                                                   Berkeley, CA

Member                                                                                                                                                            Aug 2011 – May 2014

·       Cal Berkeley Democrats

·       Undergraduate Political Science Association

·       Intramural Soccer and Basketball