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- Legal knowledge
- Analytical thinking
- Observational skills
- Integrity and confidentiality
- Computer proficiency
- Public speaking
- Team coordination
Below is a sample cover letter highlighting comparable skills and experience.
Dear Mr. Salinas:
As a highly skilled and educated attorney with 21 years of prosecutorial experience in the state of Virginia, I am prepared to make a significant contribution to the Arlington County Court. With my credentials and experience in mind, I invite you to consider the enclosed resume as you look to fill your opening for a new judge.
My expertise lies in initiating, building, and trying criminal cases with integrity and fairness. With strong experience in conducting bench and jury trials while preparing discovery, pleadings, and various other legal documents, I possess an extensive background in representing my clients. I have earned a reputation as a tenacious attorney with meticulous attention to detail and a dedication to upholding the laws of the criminal justice system. These attributes, combined with my superior analytical and research skills, will allow me to make a significant impact as your next judge.
My qualifications as an attorney include the following:
Multitasked to manage a caseload of approximately 50 active cases
Responsible for all aspects of client cases, including analyzing case documents and evidence, developing case strategy, conducting legal research and writing, interviewing clients and witnesses, providing legal advice to clients, and representing clients at all court hearings
Researched relevant case law and applied relevant law to write and argue motions
Successfully represented clients at jury trials by anticipating the prosecution’s arguments, developing plans to address unfavorable evidence, and presenting the defense’s theme of the case through relevant testimony and evidence
Prepared presentations for opening and closing arguments
Earned a juris doctorate degree in 1997 from the University of Virginia
With my background in representing clients and my extensive legal knowledge, I am ready to provide outstanding service to the Arlington County Court. I look forward to discussing this opportunity with you in further detail.
Thank you for your consideration.
Ezra T. Blankenship