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18 Women to Watch OLIVIA DORGAN 7Celebrating Celebrating YEARS 41943-2017 Be Your Own Boss! Celebrate the Next 74 Years with Us. New Company Driver Division 2 6 8 Divisions Reefer Dry Container Contact us for more info 865-218-4895 Courtesy: WIT Last 3 Years WOMEN IN TRUCKING WIT member Olivia Dorgan loves logistics, brokerage, solving problems for truckers Dorothy Cox With degrees in international business and Spanish, trucking wasn’t on the radar when 28-year-old Olivia Dorgan went looking for her first job right out of college. But this Women In Trucking January Member of the Month urges any young woman starting out in the workforce to look into trucking first thing: “The opportunities are there and women are greatly needed,” she said. Dorgan’s first job out of school was with a manufacturing company in her home state of Michigan working as an international sales representative. When she discovered that wasn’t for her, she heard her cousin had interned at C.H. Robinson and “loved it.” She started there in 2013 as a carrier sales representative and right out of the gate was asked to “pick up the phone and start calling on the most difficult-to-cover freight in the office.” She ended up doing a lot of problem solving, negotiating and renegotiating of freight deals, brokering and basically having to stay on her toes day-to-day, minute-by-minute. “I loved being a carrier rep, booking the most difficult freight we had to cover,” she said. In other words: She was hooked. But as Dorgan got deeper into the business, she experienced brokers, carriers, truckers, logistics and back-office staff all struggling with the flow and management of paperwork. Documents were being re-requested due to quality issues and “it was days” before forms were processed. “I always heard about it when we were late with a payment,” she said. “I knew my carriers were just as frustrated as I was with the lack of access to quality technology,” she told Women In Trucking. She was working out of Chicago, where Robinson had an office of around 900 who were commission-based, and yearned for a smaller office and a team mentality. So she transferred to Robinson’s 30-person office in San Francisco. While there, Dorgan was approached by a startup company which provided technological solutions to some of the very paperwork problems she had been experiencing. Called LoadDocs, it was begun in 2014 with a belief that “great technology can better serve logistics.” Dorgan said LoadDocs saw her work profile on LinkedIn and offered her a job where she could still interact with carriers, a job she loves, and stay in trucking, an industry she loves. “It’s amazing that I don’t have to leave the industry. I can maintain my carrier base and solve some of the back-office and operational issues.” She said LoadDocs helps with the flow of all kinds of documents: logbook data; proof of delivery; fuel receipts; even photos of damaged products or accidents: “It allows for that.” Dorgan was the third salesperson hired by the startup and the only female. However, she said another female sales rep is coming on board soon and she’s very excited. And while it’s true that San Francisco is far from her hometown of Plainwell, Michigan (near Kalamazoo), this newlywed (she married Tiago Andrade from Brazil in September) is in her element because she grew up seeing her parents work hard to give their children the opportunities they never had, and she is the first person in the family to graduate from college. Her job involves calling on carriers on a daily basis, learning about their processes for collecting and managing paperwork, doing live demonstrations of the product and determining whether LoadDocs is a good fit. She said she would “highly recommend” the trucking industry to any young woman. “Brokerage is just one piece of the pie and there are so many different job titles and paths once you get in the industry.” About WIT, she said LoadDocs “totally supports their mission and what they’re trying to do. The last survey was around 6 percent female drivers and we’re trying to do our part to increase that.” Dorgan loves her job because she said, “No day is the same. You need to come in with an open mind every day, solve problems on the fly, keep a level head and communicate effectively.” Come to think of it, that’s a good job description for a professional truck driver. Yep, sounds like she’s in the right place. 8 The Women In Trucking Association is a nonprofit organization focused on the transportation and logistics industry. Our mission? To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. WIT is proudly headed up by President and CEO Ellen Voie. Find us on Facebook search: The Trucker Perspective February 15-28, 2018 • 19 Never, ever give cop so-called ‘legal’ form provided by another trucker on 5th Amendment Jim Klepper exclusive to the trucker Ask the Attorney Every few years a new driver calls with a problem with law enforcement after he has taken the advice of a driver acting as a truck stop lawyer. Caution: If you want legal advice, ask a lawyer. If you want tax advice, ask a CPA. Following is a form given to me by a trucker who got it from another driver. The driver who gave me the form would have fallen victim to a cruel hoax being played on professional drivers if he had presented it to an officer. It shows the case of Garner vs. United States as standing for the proposition that you don’t have to surrender your logbook. The theory is that you violate your Fifth Amendment rights by giving your personal papers [and now ELD data] that may incriminate you if you are behind on your record-of-duty status. My advice is don’t use this theory with an officer. You are asking for trouble. The form says: “The Fifth Amendment is not a self-incrimination amendment, and using it does not imply you are guilty of anything. (The claim and exercise of a constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime – Miller v. U.S. 230 F2d 486, 489) and (where rights incurred by the constitution are involved, there can be no rulemaking or legislation which would abrogate them – Miranda v. Arizona, 384 US 436, 491 – 1). “In Garner vs. U.S. the court decided that the Fifth Amendment is an irrevocable, unchangeable right. It is not automatic self-incrimination, but rather your right to not give evidence or testimony about yourself on the chance that it might be used against you, in that, not even a judge knows all the laws, and ignorance of the law is no excuse. “As an example, a trucker is driving down the road and is stopped, the officer request or demands his license, logbook registration, fuel permits and bill of lading. According to the court decision and the Fifth Amendment, the trucker must show that all these are in his possession, in accordance with federal laws, but he does not have to let the officer examine the material except to show that he is licensed to drive that commercial vehicle. “It would be advised to inform the officer that he has seen nothing illegal in plain view and he (the driver) is doing nothing illegal. Therefore, to examine the truck further, in search of some kind of violation, so a citation can be issued, would be malicious and discriminatory harassment, interference with private enterprise and interference with free trade, undue delay of an ICC interstate or intrastate shipment and possibly a violation of constitutional and/or civil rights by a government agency. “It might also be advised to inform the officer that taking the information under threat or duress, or searching the truck without sufficient cause without a warrant or a “John Doe” warrant, is an illegal warrant and an illegal search and seizure, and any charges resulting from such actions by the officer(s) will be litigated in federal district court and dismissed as a violation of the driver’s Fifth Amendment rights, not to be required to give any evidence, verbal or physical, that would tend to degrade or incriminate him. Also, the officer(s) could possibly be sued, civilly and criminally in his/ her personal and professional capacity.” The theory is that you violate your Fifth Amendment rights by giving your personal papers [and now ELD data] that may incriminate you if you are behind on your record-ofduty status. My advice is don’t use this theory with an officer. You are asking for trouble. As an attorney, take my word that Garner was a tax case filed in 1973 that determined the tax records are written and as such are not protected by the Fifth Amendment. Furthermore, the Supreme Court has ruled that your Fifth Amendment rights only apply to spoken words, not written documents that may be in your possession or hold information that may incriminate you. You should always follow company policy about providing your logbook data to officers as well as searches of your truck. However, you do have the right to remain silent and you do have the right to refuse to testify if that testimony will tend to incriminate you. The court is very clear on vehicle searches and stops. All recent cases have granted law enforcement broad powers to search the vehicle, the trunk and closed compartments. Show them the logbook data and fight it afterward. That’s better than being put out-ofservice with a ticket. Jim C. Klepper is president of Interstate Trucker Ltd., a law firm dedicated to legal defense of the nation’s commercial drivers. Interstate Trucker represents truck drivers throughout the 48 states on both moving and non-moving violations. He is also president of Drivers Legal Plan, which allows member drivers access to his firm’s services at discounted rates. He works to answer your legal questions about trucking and life over-the-road and has his CDL. For more information contact 800-333-DRIVE (3748) or interstatetrucker. com and 8 Ask your fleet about EpicVue. 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