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Richard Allen Smith
45 West 11th Avenue, Apartment 1Denver, Colorado910.494.7831richard.allen.smith@gmail.com
Highlights of Qualifications
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Vice Chairman of nation’s leading progressive pro-veteran, pro-military organization.
Three years as a contributing editor for top military affairs/veteran website, eighteen months as editor-in-chief.
Expert in web 2.0 communications with extensive political organization experience.
Five years of military service as a paralegal specialist.
Experience coordinating and organizing large scale events.
Employment History:August 2009-Present: VoteVets Action Fund
Serving as Vice Chairman of one of the nation's largest veterans and military advocacy organizations. Developingmessaging, field and political strategy, and overall direction for non-profit and political action committee consisting of over 100,000 members nationwide. Previously served as Senior Advisor;
Editor of the organization’s
VetVoice
political-military blog. Managed day-to-day messaging and response fororganization’s new media operation. Integrated social networking tools to increase visibility of the blog, as well asorganizational initiatives. Quantifiably increased traffic throughout tenure. Provided institutional information andblogged from the front lines in Afghanistan for over nine months; assisted in messaging and oversight of all content onthe site;
Coordinated with high level D.C.-based national security, advocacy and political organizations as well asgovernmental entities such as Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to promote relevant militaryand foreign policy issues;
Quoted and/or linked to by such outlets as
Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Washington Independent,Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The
 
 Atlantic, The Daily Caller, Reuters, Fox News, Center for American Progress,Talking Points Memo
and others;
August 2003-July 2008: United States Army; Paralegal Specialist
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February 2007
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July 2008
: 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division; Unit paralegal for  battalion deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Responsible for allmilitary justice actions within the unit, as well as processing of Foreign Claims and development,training and enforcement of Rules of Engagement. Also served as Battle Captain for the InternationalSecurity Assistance Force’s Theatre Tactical Reserve. Duties include assisting the Commander incontrolling troops in contact and acting as coordinator and liaison between the unit and other supportassets during Operation Achilles, the largest offensive operation in NATO history.
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February 2006
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February 2007
: 2nd and 4th Brigade Combat Teams, 82nd Airborne Division, FortBragg, North Carolina; Served as unit paralegal for Airborne Infantry units capable of 18-hour notification deployment to anywhere in the world. Responsible for processing all unit legal actions,
 
Richard Allen Smith
45 West 11th Avenue, Apartment 1Denver, Colorado910.494.7831richard.allen.smith@gmail.com
assisting in the preparation, review and filing of court documents for supervising attorneys. Lead paralegal on several federal trials.
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May 2005
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February 2006
: Installation Paralegal, Camp Eagle, Korea. Served as sole legalrepresentative on remote installation for 750 soldiers with minimal attorney supervision. Responsiblefor all legal actions within installation. Lead paralegal on high-profile case involving officer misconduct. Received the Army Commendation Medal.
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August 2004
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May 2005
: Military Justice Paralegal, Area III Legal Center, Camp Humphreys, Korea.Scheduled appointments, assisted in witness interviews and legal research for four supervisingattorneys. Processed military legal actions for command of over 10,000 soldiers. Coordinated witnesstravel for trial from several stateside military installations, as well as from foreign countries andcombat zones. Prepared and reviewed court documents for supervising attorneys. Served as lead paralegal on several federal trials.
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February 2004
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August 2004
: Legal Assistance Paralegal, Area III Legal Center, Camp Humphreys,Korea; Assisted clients with wills, separation agreements, powers of attorney, claims and citizenship.Prepared and reviewed correspondence for supervising attorney. Kept appointments and screenedclients for supervising attorney.
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August 2003-February 2004
: Basic and Paralegal Training.
Additional Relevant Experience:
Three years of campaign experiencing working in base-level as well as leadershipand senior staff positions in communications and field for Presidential, Congressional and State Legislative candidates.
Education
:
Bachelors of Arts, Cum Laude, Political Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville:
Major in political sciencewith minor in History. Concentrations in international relations and American history. Member of Phi Sigma Alphaand Alpha Lambda Delta honors societies.
Primary Leadership Development Course
: XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Noncommissioned OfficersAcademy; Leadership training. Prepared to supervise subordinates, teach and counsel, apply team development, makesound decisions and plan effectively.
Basic Paralegal Course
: United States Army Adjutant General’s School; Instruction in basic principles of paralegalism,legal writing, and legal research.
Basic Airborne Course
: United States Army Airborne School; Instruction in basic tasks and concepts of  parachuting.
 Automation Skills:
MS Office/Apple iWorkLexis-NexusBasic Networking SkillsMac OSHTMLExtensive Social Networking Skills
Military Awards
Army Commendation Medal(two oak leaf clusters)
Afghanistan CampaignMedal
Army Good ConductMedal
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