Rosann Jean Walters – Legal Assistant And Paralegal
I began working in the legal field in high school at age 17 in Elgin, Illinois, where I participated in a study/work program in the Assistant District Attorney’s Office. I worked for Assistant District Attorney Ben Rifken in Kane County, Illinois, which is the next county to Chicago (Cook County.) After graduation, I worked full time for ADA Rifken as his assistant/office manager. In addition to the clerical work, I interviewed people who wanted to bring action through the District Attorney’s Office and I worked closely with the court system and its employees, judges and attorneys.
From there I went to Key West, Florida (husband was in the Navy) and worked for Robert F. Sauer, at Neblett, Sauer and Chappell law firm. Mr. Sauer was a general practitioner and on the Board of Directors of Lawyer’s Title Guaranty Company. We represented many of the local businesses, Key West Handprint Factory, Key West Fragrance and Cosmetic Company, and several locals of notoriety.
Moonlighting evenings for a good friend, Charo Skaggs, court reporter, led me into court reporting. After several years, I left employment at the law firm to become a certified shorthand reporter and worked the area in the Keys as the only court reporter at that time between Key West and Islamorada, Florida. I had the privilege to be involved in the Watergate Hearings taking the deposition of President Nixon’s good friend, Bebe Rebozo in Miami, Florida. While in Florida ,I served as President of the Monroe County Chapter of the Florida Association of Legal Secretaries and enjoyed traveling through the State making friends of associates throughout Florida and participating in the State sponsored programs for FALS.
After that, there was a move to Tennessee and I worked for W.H. Lassiter at the law firm of Lassiter, Jones & Logan for 7 years. During my tenure at the Lassiter Jones law firm, besides my secretarial duties for Hance Lassiter, I did the title work for that firm for 3-4 years, which included clients of Production Credit Association, Federal Land Bank, both major banks in Huntingdon and McLemoresville, Tennessee, as well as individuals and realtors. In 1984 I left the firm to work for Richard L. Dunlap, III, in Paris, Tennessee, where I stayed for 27 years as legal assistant/paralegal/office manager. Mr. Dunlap was a general law practitioner and served as Mayor for four years and was instrumental in the Tennessee Bar Association’s Tennessee Lawyer’s Assistance Program.
Upon Mr. Dunlap’s demise, I was fortunate to gain employment at Ainley, Hoover & Hoover law firm, where I manage the Probate Department and also do whatever else is needed, i.e. divorces, Wills, custody, etc. I am proud of my work record in the legal field for the past 54 years; have gained valuable experience; and enjoy my relationships with my co-workers, and our clients.
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