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Emelie Rivera

Paralegal

Biography

Qualified family neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice, with over 20 years of experience providing strengths-based, solution focused, systemic approach to assisting to families.

Experience

  • 2015 – Present

    Paralegal/Qualified Family Neutral, McConkey-Greene Law Office, Bemidji, MN                

    • Administrative support for attorney specializing in family and civil law in Minnesota and Tribal Courts.
    • Assist in preparation for proceedings, draft documents, conduct interviews, research, and investigations.
    • Client support specialist, assist with client engagement, provide community resource referrals.
    • Family facilitative alternative dispute resolution services.

    2016 – Present

    Guardian ad Litem/Custody Evaluator, Leech Lake Tribal Court, Cass Lake, MN

    • Guardian ad Litem for child protection and family court matters.
    • Custody evaluator for family court matters.
    • Investigate and evaluate for the best interests of children, submit reports, advocate, and make referrals.

     10/2010 – 11/2015

    Intake and Assessment Coordinator, Leech Lake Child Welfare, Cass Lake, MN

    • Supervise staff, monitor compliance, and coordinate services of Child Protection Intake and Assessment.
    • Oversee receipt and response to approximately 1300 intakes, and 300 assessments per year, draft petitions and attend court hearings.
    • Manage service provision within multiple jurisdictions, including four counties, nine school districts, seven law enforcement agencies, and eight tribes.
    • Policy writing, Leech Lake American Indian Child Welfare Initiative development, grant writing, develop practice model and training curriculum.
    • Department head requirements, including monthly reporting and grant reports.

     05/2007 – 10/2010

    Intake Worker, Leech Lake Child Welfare, Cass Lake, MN                              

    • Receive reports, respond to reports of maltreatment and requests for services.
    • Collect supporting documents, analyze facts, and assign reports for assessment.
    • Mentor for the social services information system and maintain confidential data.
    • Incorporate cultural practices and support systems into service delivery.
    • Draft court petitions and attend court hearings.

Other Employment Experience

  • Includes work with the elderly, long-term care residents, homeless, disabled, domestic violence, and youth in residential settings.

Education

University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN Attending

30 of 34 credits complete for MSW Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice, specializing in American Indian Families and Child Welfare. 3.95 GPA

Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 1998

Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude

  • Social Work
  • American Indian Studies-second major

Certifications/Training

  • Qualified Family Neutral under Rule 114 of Minnesota Rules of Minnesota General Rules of Practice for District Courts
  • Corner House Certified Forensic Interviewer
  • Over 500 hours of continuing education over past ten years in areas including Guardian ad Litem, child welfare, supervisory training, cultural competency, ethics, trauma-informed practice, and services to specialized populations.

Community Involvement

  • Qualified Family Neutral under Rule 114 of Minnesota Rules of Minnesota General Rules of Practice for District Courts
  • Corner House Certified Forensic Interviewer
  • Over 500 hours of continuing education over past ten years in areas including Guardian ad Litem, child welfare, supervisory training, cultural competency, ethics, trauma-informed practice, and services to specialized populations.