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I Am

About Me

I am a dedicated and academically driven professional with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. During my academic journey, I delved into the intricate world of international humanitarian law, conducting rigorous research that resulted in several unpublished research papers. This experience honed my analytical and critical thinking skills, allowing me to approach complex legal issues with a well-informed perspective.
Currently, I am contributing my expertise as a Legal Assistant at Suttell & Hammer, where I play a vital role in supporting the legal team. I am known for my attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently. My passion for the law and its intricacies drives me to excel in this dynamic role.
Beyond my professional commitments, I am also deeply committed to community service. I volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America as a National Key Volunteer assigned to the Technology Subcommittee. This role showcases my dedication to fostering leadership and character development in young individuals and my interest in leveraging technology to enhance organizational efficiency.
With a strong academic foundation, professional experience, and a passion for giving back to the community, I am well-equipped to contribute positively to the field of law and continue making a meaningful impact in the world of humanitarian and legal affairs.

Hello! I'm Michael (Mac) Richards.

  • Legal Assistant
  • Political Scientist
  • Human Rights Activist

Legal Administration

Legal Document Preparation

Microsoft Office

Criminology

Legal Writing

Office Administration

Legal Research

Customer Service

Information Technology

My Education

My educational experience neatly organized.

Incoming 2024

Juris Doctor

American University
2020 - 2023

Bachelor's in Political Science

Minor in Law, Societies, and Justice

University of Washington

overall GPA: 3.61
Course Highlights: Comparative Law; Constitutional Law; International Human Rights Law; International Humanitarian Law; International Relations
Activities and societies: Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, American Bar Association.

2018 - 2020

Running Start

Whatcom Community College

GPA: 3.77
Activities and societies: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

My Works

Read my unpublished research papers.

To modernize the definition of a war crime to align it with modern standards of human rights and American decency
A bill introduced in a Congressional simulation.

Bill

"War crimes are an international violation of law that warrants no tolerance in society. Current law in the United States limits the bounds of war crimes to the 1949 definition outlined in the Geneva Conventions. After 74 years, the world has changed dramatically, and so has the way in which warfare is conducted. At this time..."

January 30, 2023

Weapons of War Used to Flatten Civilian Metropolitan Areas
Analysis of the Russian Attacks Against Ukrainian Civilian Centers

Research Paper

"February 24 was a day unlike any other for individuals living in Ukraine. At approximately 4 a.m. local time, Russian forces under the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin crossed the border into Ukraine, starting a violet war and sparking global backlash. Global criticism has focused on the Russian Federation’s unprovoked actions and their blatant disregard for the human life of the civilian population of Ukraine..."

November 21, 2022

The International Criminal Court's Role in Preventing War Crimes

Research Paper

"This paper discusses the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) effectiveness at deterring war crimes and the difficulties at play for an international court such as the ICC. There have been several purpose-specific predecessors to the ICC; however, this court is the first genuinely international court of its nature. Thus, there are many problems, such as a lack of international cooperation from influential nations such as the United States..."

June 7, 2022

Social Causes Turning into Uncontrollable Chaos
A Sociological Examination of the Crime Surrounding the Seattle Riots of 2020

Research Paper

"May 25th, 2020, is a day that will forever be remembered in American history books. On this day, a man named George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers, sparking worldwide outrage. In Seattle and across America, protesters, activist groups, opportunists, radical political groups, and others took to the streets..."

November 30, 2021

My Work & Extracurricular Experience

My work experience neatly organized.

Oct. 2023 - Present

Legal Assistant

Suttell & Hammer

Prepared and filed legal documents with various courts and clients. Updated internal calendars to match court dockets. Filtered communications from courts and forwarded them to the appropriate representative.

Oct. 2021 - Mar. 2023

Learning Spaces IT Student Assistant

Foster School of Business

Responded to 8 queries a day on phone, via email, or through an IT ticketing system. Set up and maintained video matrix servers and other IT infrastructure. Worked with faculty and staff to resolve network issues.

May 2019 - Aug. 2018

Warehouse Worker

Woods Coffee

Alternated goods in inventory by observing first-in and first-out approach to keep shelves organized and properly stocked. Inspected work areas for cleanliness and obstacles and removed cartons and boxes to keep work areas organized and hazard-free. Consistently lifted materials weighing as much as 50 pounds.

Jan. 2019 - Present

National Key Volunteer

Boy Scouts of America

Updated operations methods, oversaw accounting procedures, and tracked information. Delegated daily tasks to over 12 volunteers to provide development opportunities. Oversaw high-profile projects by planning, designing, and scheduling phases. Supervised site investigations reported issues and escalated those that required further assistance.

Apr. 2022 - Mar. 2023

Social Committee Member

Phi Alpha Delta, University of Washington

Met weekly with like-minded peers to discuss current legal topics, both global and domestic, as well as hear from guest speakers in the legal field. Helped plan and participated in social events and mixers.

Honors & Awards

I would like to thank the organizations which presented me with these awards for all that they have done for me and I am humbled to have received them.

5 quarters

Dean's List

Awarded to University of Washington students who earn a quarter GPA of 3.5 or above.

Dec. 2018

Eagle Scout

Awarded to Boy Scouts of America scouts who complete all specified requirements and are approved by a board of review.

Jun. 2018

Vigil Honor

Awarded to Order of the Arrow members who have demonstrated exceptional service, personal effort, unselfish interest, and have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position of office.

Oct. 2017

President's Award in Leadership

Awarded to Mount Baker Council BSA members by the Council President who has demonstrated exemplary leadership.

My Affiliations & Activities

Community activism and community service are both important cornerstones to who I am. That is why I chose to include the organizations that I choose to affiliate myself with.

Get In Touch

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Call Me

+1 360 510 0009

Email Me At

[email protected]

Location

Renton, WA 98059

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