Commitment to Success
Friday, March 14, 2014
Cathy Brillhart had a fulltime job; however, it was not the job of her dreams. She wanted to work in a law firm. Suddenly, it was time to follow her dream. While researching her options, she visited Brown Mackie College — Phoenix. Impressed with the friendly professionalism of the staff, and pleased with the curriculum, Cathy enrolled and began her journey.
“Going back to school reaffirmed my love for knowledge,” she says. “Challenging myself to grow in a new direction was fun for me.” Cathy continued to work fulltime while earning her degree, spending three nights a week in the classroom. Her husband fully supported her ambitions. “He was my biggest supporter, which really helped on those long nights of studying.”
In 2012, Cathy graduated from Brown Mackie College — Phoenix, earning an Associate of Science degree in Paralegal. She was ready to begin a new career. She joined the firm of attorney Matthew P. Millea in Scottsdale, Arizona as a paralegal. She acclimated quickly to the fast pace of the busy personal injury firm.
Cathy’s responsibilities vary widely, and no two days are alike. She ensures the attorney has all of the documents required for the day’s appointments, depositions, or trials. “I will follow up with clients or other counsel and staff as necessary,” she says. “Also, updating client files is paramount to our operation.” Additionally, Cathy coordinates arbitration, mediation and trial dates, drafts legal documents, and tracks down client medical and billing records for each case.
“Challenges come up daily, so I must often change course in mid-stream. There is something new to learn every day, so work is never boring,” says Cathy. “A partnership between the attorney and paralegal is crucial to a smooth running practice. The attorney puts his faith in me and relies on my expertise to do the right thing, including asking questions if necessary.”
The time she committed to her studies was time well spent for Cathy. “I knew that my hard work would repay me in the long run,” she says. “I took advantage of the resources offered on campus. I met with the Human Resources Director, and sought out my department chair throughout the program. Everyone at Brown Mackie College — Phoenix wants the students to succeed.” Cathy moves into her new profession with some new friends from the college.
“Law is a new career direction for me. Brown Mackie College — Phoenix gave me the background and tools I needed to present myself confidently when I went on job interviews,” says Cathy. “My new job is very rewarding.”