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Tell us a little bit about why you chose to go to law school and why you chose WMU-Cooley. I

Jennifer Paillon

JENNIFER PAILLON

Tell us about your work at PwC. I work in the state and local tax group. We do compliance and controversy work, and we help with issues clients may have with individual state filings.

How did Cooley help you transition to your current job? I enrolled in a tax class and actually really liked it. I talked to various professors about opportunities in tax law and they began to encourage me. I completed an internship with the IRS and found out there are actually a few adjunct professors at WMUCooley who work at the IRS. The internship was an amazing experience, so I just continued down the path of tax.

didn’t have the traditional route to law school. I didn’t start until I was 30 years old. I had various jobs in real estate, property management, and nonprofit work. I needed to work full time, so when I heard about WMU-Cooley’s part-time program, I decided to take the LSAT. I was offered a really amazing scholarship so it opened up this new pathway that I didn’t know I was still capable of doing.

How is PwC helping you grow? PWC has been super supportive. The training programs are great. I have participated in national training programs. PwC has every research database you could possibly want with access right at your fingertips on a daily basis. There also are a lot of experienced individuals who are willing to help with networking opportunities.

A.J. ROBISON

Can you explain a little about what your role is here at PwC? I am a senior tax associate in the state and local tax group. I do a lot of compliance work, such as

A.J. Robison

preparing and reviewing tax returns. I also do controversy work. There are many notices that come in and I help prepare appeals to both the Michigan Tax Tribunal and the Hearings Division of the Michigan Department of Treasury.

What is it about the job that you enjoy the most? Tax is very challenging. It’s very technical. It’s one of those subjects in school that I thought you had to be very bright to do. There are subjects most people can do, but I felt tax was tougher and I liked the challenge of it.

very well connected, which is probably how I got my job at PwC. The professors introduced us to tax and the accounting firm professionals. One of my professors recommended that I start networking with accounting firms and other CPAs and that’s pretty much what led me to PwC. The professors’ contacts are what really set Cooley apart.

Why did you decide to go to law school, and why did you choose Cooley? I always wanted to go to law school and decided on Cooley because I was working full time and Cooley offered weekend classes.

Tell us about your other interests. I’ve been married for seven years and have two dogs. I’m into sports. I’m big into golf and play every week, weather permitting. I like to play hockey, so I’m in a hockey league, and I’m also in a softball league.

What is it about Cooley that gave you an advantage or really made a difference in what you’re doing today in your tax field? The Cooley professors are really great. They have a ton of knowledge and experience. And they’re

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