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Valerie Dorsett

Charlotte, NC

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To work for a local or multinational business using my project management, presentation and management skills to increase profit and further business development

Work Experience

Office of Chief Counsel

TSA
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Charlotte, NC
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October 2002 to Present

USA. 
Transportation Security Administration, Supervisory Attorney Advisor - primary legal advisor and authority for the Carolinas (with over 1000 employees) 
➢ Responsible for working with senior agency leaders, industry partners, and other government officials to provide assessments in the effectiveness and consequences of mission requirements. 
➢ Develop legal positions to broaden or restrict agency activities that affect TSA's security posture and the public interest 
➢ Represent TSA before government entities, industry, and the public 
➢ During national emergencies, provide critical legal advice in specific geographic area to TSA senior level executives 
➢ Assist the TSES Assistant Chief Counsel in leading change in the organization by questioning conventional approaches and encouraging new ideas and innovations 
➢ Supervise a team of two attorneys

Federal Aviation Administration, Civil Rights Manager

Civil Rights Office
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Chicago, IL
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December 2001 to October 2002

- manager, civil rights office (serviced over seven thousand employees) 
➢ Managed all facets of a comprehensive and complex Civil Rights Program 
➢ Directed day to day operations of a seven member staff 
➢ Recognized expert and consultant on Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Model Work Environment, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise 
➢ Oversaw implementation of Civil Rights functions, programs, policies and procedures 
➢ Served as agency liaison on Senior Management Team 
➢ Conducted on -site evaluations of internal/external Civil Rights program functions 
➢ Directed the review of new and/or proposed regulations, orders, laws, policies and rulings pertaining to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program

Federal Aviation Administration, National External Program Manager - authority on civil rights

Civil Rights Office
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Washington, DC
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November 1998 to December 2001

Washington, DC 
Federal Aviation Administration, National External Program Manager - authority on civil rights 
➢ Implemented civil rights requirements applicable to FAA financial assistance program 
➢ Assisted in new interpreting and implementing proposed regulations, orders, laws, and policies pertaining to the Disadvantaged Business Program (DBE), the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 
➢ Prepared speeches for the Assistant Administrator 
➢ Served as Co-Chair of AMAC National conference

Office of Regional Counsel

FAA
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Atlanta, GA
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July 1990 to August 1996

Federal Aviation Administration, Attorney Advisor - advised on myriad of legal issues 
➢ Evaluated reports of violations of Federal Aviation Statutes and Regulations to determine appropriate enforcement action. 
➢ Prepared correspondence, orders, pleadings and legal briefs 
➢ Represented the agency in litigation before the National Transportation Security Board, Merit System Protection Board, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
➢ Worked with U.S. Attorneys' in proceedings in U. S. District Courts

Federal Aviation Administration, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Counsel

Personnel and Labor Law Branch
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Washington, DC
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September 1989 to July 1990

Washington, DC. 
Federal Aviation Administration, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Counsel - Served as agency legal advisor 
➢ Advised on personnel and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission matters 
➢ Conducted legal research and prepared opinions concerning legal questions. 
➢ Litigated agency cases working with the Department of Justice.

Office of Chief Counsel

FAA
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Washington, DC
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April 1989 to August 1989

Federal Aviation Administration, Acting Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel - Worked with the Chief Counsel on various special projects 
➢ Assisted in administrative dealings of the office.

Federal Aviation Administration, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Counsel

Procurement Division
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Washington, DC
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September 1987 to March 1989

Washington, DC 
Federal Aviation Administration, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Counsel - Served as agency legal advisor 
➢ Advised on procurement policy and contract matters 
➢ Conducted legal research and prepared opinions related to procurement and contracts 
➢ Reviewed contracts and other documents for legal sufficiency 
➢ Drafted language for contracts and related documents 
➢ Participated in contract negotiations 
➢ Prepared contract litigation, working with the Department of Justice

Education

Master's of Art in International Relations

Webster University -
Genève, GE

August 2011 to October 2011

MS in Sports Management

University of Massachusetts at Amherst -
Amherst, MA

January 1996 to January 1997

JD in Law

University of Denver -
Denver, CO

January 1984 to January 1987

BBA in Marketing

Howard University -
Washington, DC

January 1976 to January 1980

Master's of Law in Intellectual Property

George Washington University -
Washington, DC

Additional Information

• Highly proficient in research; writing (published article and wrote and produced television shows); public speaking and presentations-litigation; communications (represented senior leaders, industry partners and government officials before various tribunals); negotiations 
• Experienced in providing legal advice and counsel to senior leaders; making assessments of mission requirements and developing legal positions for client purposes; representing clients before various tribunals and groups; and managing and supervising employees; training and teaching-taught graduate class at the University level; program and project management; management-various programs and supporting staff; client services 
• Comprehensive knowledge of Civil Rights, Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Law; Personnel and Labor Law; Federal Aviation Statutes and Regulations; Transportation Security Regulations; Contracts; Americans With Disabilities Act