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Rhina M. Cardenal

Rhina CardenalExperience

UNITED STATES NATIONAL SUPPORT ELEMENT (USNSE)

Community Liaison Officer/School Liaison Officer (GS-5) (May 2016 -June 2017)

  • Served as primary advisor to the USNSE on community relations for 145 US military members and their dependents stationed in the Lisbon area. Responsible for initial communication, reception, and integration of personnel. Managed continuous communication and representation of families stationed in Lisbon.
  • Served as the local School Liaison Officer and responsible for the placement of military families into international schools in the local community. Responsible for the execution of the Non-DOD Dependent School9 Program (NDSP) for 50 families, executing a budget of $435,000/annum.

SMITH PACHTER MCWHORTER PLC, TYSONS CORNER, VA

Associate Attorney (April 2012 – June 2014)

  • Represented contractors in bid protests and appeals before the Government Accountability Office
  • Counseled clients on cost and pricing issues, General Services Administration (GSA) leases, small business issues, including size protests and appeals, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) matters, contractor responsibility and integrity issues, terminations, debarment and suspensions, data rights claims and schedule contracts
  • Managed and organized voluminous document review projects
  • Assisted with depositions and witness preparation in government and internal investigations
  • Coordinated and analyzed document productions and interrogatory responses
  • Conducted legal research and prepared memoranda of law and briefs on cost and pricing issues, contractor responsibility issues, terminations and data rights claims
  • Assisted an independent compliance monitor, appointed by the World Bank, with a mandate to review and evaluate a global company’s anti-corruption and compliance program

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE, OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL, WASHINGTON, DC

Special Assistant to the Deputy General Counsel (Acquisition) (GS-11) (January 2011 -April 2012)

  • Managed Air Force and multi-Service acquisition law training
  • Conducted legal research and prepared memoranda of law
  • Analyzed and processed Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States requests for supervising attorney
  • Served as security manager for offices that are secured, and documents that are classified, for national security purposes

OFFICE OF THE STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP SMEDLEY D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, JAPAN

Claims Supervisor (GS-11) (February 2009 – March 2010)

  • Managed, reviewed, and processed claims for and against the United States Government, e.g., under the Military Claims Act, Foreign Claims Act, Personnel Claims Act, and Status of Forces Agreements
  • Reviewed translated Japanese documents, including witness statements, police reports, and other documents
  • Organized evidence and other documentation, and prepared litigation and investigative reports
  • Supervised foreign┬Ěnational employees

OFFICE OF THE STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE, MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP SMEDLEY D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, JAPAN

Freedom of Information Act I Privacy Act Coordinator (GS-07) (November 2007- February 2009)

  • Managed and administered the Freedom of Information Act I Privacy Act program for Marine Corps Bases Japan
  • Provided technical guidance and advice to subordinate and lateral commands
  • Analyzed and redacted requested information prior to release
  • Prepared correspondence and reports in accordance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Served as liaison with international agencies and associations, including the Okinawa Defense Bureau
  • Participated in meetings and conferences with officials from the Government of Japan

ART COPYRIGHT COALiTION, WASHINGTON, DC

Associate Director, March 2007 -August 2007

  • Administered national Not-for-Profit Organization:
    • responsible for recruiting, correspondence, information technology, and member services
    • responsible for operating budget over $100,000
  • Performed legal research on domestic and international copyright infringement
  • Drafted cease and desist letters and take-down notices
  • Responded to press inquiries and public relations matters
  • Prepared and published monthly newsletter
  • Assisted in developing anti-counterfeiting strategy for art shows

ROMERO PINEDA & ASOCIADOS LAW FIRM, SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR

Paralegal/ Associate Attorney, Trademark Department (January 2004 -April 2006)

  • Conducted registration activities, including trademark and copyright applications, trademark assignments, trademark searches, and registrations of domain names
  • Participated in litigation regarding trademark cancellation, unfair competition, and intellectual property infringement
  • Prepared copyright, trademark, and patent license agreements

EDUCATION

The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
Master of Laws 2007
Concentration: Intellectual Property

Universidad Doctor Jose Matfas Delgado, El Salvador
Bachelor of Laws and Letters 2005
Dean’s Award: Outstanding G.P.A. 2001-2005
Graduated Valedictorian (1/132)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, American Bar Association (Public Contract Law Section Diversity Scholarship Award Recipient (2012-2014)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, The George Washington University Law School Alumni Association Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, Virginia State Bar Association

BAR ADMISSIONS

New York, February 2011 Virginia, May 2013

PUBLICATIONS

Is Congress Overthinking Suspension and Debarment? How to Improve the System Without Legislation.
The Procurement Lawyer, Vol. 49, No. 2, Winter 2014.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Spanish (Native) Portuguese (Intermediate)

OTHER DATA

United States citizen

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