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Catherine H. | Elance
Last Sign-in: Oct 11, 2013

Catherine H.

Aiming for Clear and Accurate Written Expression
   United States
  |   Newport News, VA
  |  10:55 am Local Time

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My goal as a professional editor is to help you frame your written expression in any format with clarity and precision, in beautifully written, perfectly phrased, and technically accurate modern American English. I work quickly, accurately, and creatively to help you improve your product, whether you merely seek assurances that your text is grammatically error-free, or whether a more in-depth, substantive editing is what you require.

My skills range from a level of technical familiarity with English grammar, sentence structure, and...

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English Vocabulary Test (U.S. Version)
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U.S. English AP Style Editing Skills Test (For Writing Professionals)
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English Grammar
U.S. English Grammar Test (For Writing Professionals)
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Service Description

I have long held a deep appreciation for the beauty and power of words, with special interest in the clarity of written expression. My academic background in undergraduate liberal arts studies, followed by law school, reinforced my respect for language, training me to write creatively, analytically, and precisely.

I learned the professional value of my writing skills as a regulatory and policy analyst in Washington, DC over the next 10 years. As Staff Attorney for a national advisory committee for the U.S. President and Congress, I drafted and finalized reports on environmental issues of national and international concern. For the Federal government, I wrote reports, speeches, and ghost-wrote published articles for high-ranking officials. Later, for a private consulting firm, I entered the management hierarchy, honing critical time- and budget-management skills, while at the same time, continuing my technical writing for State and Federal clients. Turning scientific reports into readable public information booklets, analyzing State regulations, and summarizing case law for Federal attorneys, I received corporate recognition for my technical writing skills.

My more recent experience after leaving the Washington area to raise a family has been as a Course Administrator and only staff person for a small, not-for-profit university -- and as the Staff Editor and Production Manager for our start-up online peer-reviewed technical journal. Many submissions to this...

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TakshaShila University
Course Administrator & Journal Production Manager
2008 - Present
Overview: As the senior staff person for a non-profit educational institution, I am responsible for all things related to organizing and holding university- or post-grad-level short courses, as...
Perfect Commerce, LLC
2012 - 2012
As a legal assistant/paralegal for In-House Counsel at a software company, I reviewed State registration requirements for tax and corporate purposes, worked with client account executives to draft...
Science Applications International Corporation
Branch Manager
1988 - 1993
As Branch Manager, provided legal and policy advice and writing assistance for a variety of NASA, EPA, and Executive Branch clients. Responsible for drafting, editing, designing, and preparing a...
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Program Manager
1986 - 1988
• Served as NOAA’s coastal program liaison for numerous Federal and State activities in the Gulf of Mexico involving NOAA’s estuarine programs. This position required extensive knowledge of Gulf...
National Advisory Comm for Oceans & Atmosphere
Staff Attorney
1984 - 1986
• Planned and coordinated NACOA panel meetings, inviting appropriate speakers, including renowned scientists, U.S. Senators, and Federal Agency Administrators. • Researched, generated, organized,...
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program
Interim Acting Director and Staff Legal Writer
1983 - 1983
Immediately after law school and for seven months in 1985, I worked in these capacities at the Sea Grant Legal Program: • Oversaw daily direction of the Program’s contractual responsibilities, and...


University of Mississippi School of Law
Juris Doctor
1980 - 1983
Sweet Briar College
B.A., International Affairs (cum laude)
1976 - 1980
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