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Kris Graves

2019 Unsung Legal Heroes: Kris Graves

Paralegal Kris Graves sits at the center of activity in Bloomington city government. Hardly a contract, notice, resolution or ordinance goes through without her oversight.

The work involves more than 800 contracts and over 300 notices, ordinances and resolutions annually, Graves said. City contracts range from events for the parks and recreation department to road construction or software upgrades.

It’s a great fit for her. “I love my job, I love coming to work every day,” I really enjoy working for the city I live in” she said. “You never know what the day will bring.”

Much of her work supporting the city’s civil attorneys involves legal issues that arise in different departments. Graves provides training to city staff on the document review software system Bloomington uses, she said. To train employees she often invokes creative presentations.

“We do a lot of training and we like use humor to get our message across,” she said. The Bloomington resident came back into the legal profession after taking time off to raise her three sons.

“I’ve been back working as a paralegal for six and a half years,” she said. “I feel lucky to have found my way back to a profession I enjoy. I’m very thankful for great mentors who have helped me along the way.”

On weekends she likes to head up north with her husband and sons.

“I enjoy spending time at our cabin with family and friends,” she said.

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