Holly D. Sayne, JD, is the program coordinator of the Paralegal Studies program at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN. She has been the program coordinator at PSCC for the past five years. Ms. Sayne completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and completed her law degree at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville.
Ms. Sayne has been a full-time faculty member and program director for eleven years. Prior to joining the faculty at PSCC, she was the program director at Walters State Community College for six years. She was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Member Award for the 2014/2015 academic year.
Prior to teaching full-time, Ms. Sayne owned her own law firm and title company. Her background is in real estate, estate planning, and business organizations. Ms. Sayne has been admitted to the bar of Tennessee since 2000.
Prior to being a full-time faculty member and program director of a paralegal studies program, I was unaware of the ABA’s role in paralegal education and the profession. While in private practice, I worked with paralegals and realized how much they could offer to clients. One paralegal had graduated from an ABA approved program. At that time, I did not realize how valuable having a degree from an ABA approved program really was and how it had positively impacted her career.
The ABA’s role in paralegal education is essential to maintain high standards for students and graduates in the legal field. The ABA has helped me to maintain the rigorous standards in the curricula, faculty, and organization of our program for our students. I have participated as an ABA site team member on two in-person site visits and three virtual site visits. I am honored to be appointed to serve on the ABA Approval Commission to assist with ABA approval and re-approval.