Her signature giggle gives it away that she has returned to campus, not only as an alumnus, but as a paralegal instructor for Globe University-Green Bay. Tina Panske graduated in December 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. I got the opportunity to catch up with her and see how her career has been going.
Why did you pursue a paralegal degree?
I like to problem solve, and I don’t think there is any better area to go into when problem solving. Trying to figure out an unknown is exciting to me. The possibility of being like a detective has always intrigued me. I used to watch “Murder, She Wrote” when I was little, which is the underlying motivator right there. I enjoy it. I like feeling important, and I do feel important in my role.
What was your experience like in the paralegal program?
I am the estate planning, transaction, business and civil litigation paralegal at Nell and Associates. I do everything from basic document drafting to discovery requests. I interview clients when they come in. I do investigative work to find information about people. I go through and find the correct law that someone presents. I can really help people with the knowledge I gained.
What was your favorite class or instructor?
Laura of course. She will always be there. In the whole experience, there wasn’t anything that I learned that I don’t actually use. Everything I learned I was able to look back and apply in some area of my position. Computer skills and legal training was priceless. It gave us a look into what we were going to be doing.
How did you find your dream job?
I was lucky enough to be hired on full-time in the area that I interned. I made my contacts early on by networking and had a couple interviews with law firms in town.
What is your favorite part of your job? And least favorite part?
My least favorite thing is discovering my little mistakes. It’s important to make sure that you are not going too fast and making silly mistakes that will come back to bite you. Make sure you are taking enough time to do everything right.
Knowing at the end of the day—when talking to a client on the phone and hearing their voice—that they are more relaxed because you are handling their issue. Being able to give them comfort makes me feel better. The knowledge that I am not doing this for nothing—that I am doing this to help others—would be my favorite part.
What are your career aspirations for the next five years?
At this point, being in the law office and understanding the dynamics of the office, this is something I would like to do and pursue a little further. I will be taking the LSAT to see if I want to take it to the next level to become an attorney. I think it would be fun and my long-term goal is to work in a huge skyrise in a big attorney’s office. Moving to a bigger city to get that experience is a possibility.