Get advice from a professional. Joyce Leary Clark has been practicing law in southern Maine since 1990.
Joyce grew up on a small dairy farm in Saco, Maine. She graduated from Thornton Academy in 1981, and received her bachelors degree from Harvard University in 1985. She graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1990.
Joyce began her legal career at Picher & Barrett in Scarborough, which later became Picher & Associates. She opened Scarborough Legal Center in 1996. For a short time, she worked as staff attorney for CCCS of Maine (now Money Management International), but she returned to private practice in 2003.
A member of the Kiwanis Club of Scarborough since 1997, Joyce has served as both secretary and president. She currently as a member of the board of directors, assistant secretary, and president-elect.
Since 1993, Joyce has interviewed local applicants to Harvard University for the Harvard Club of Maine. Before moving back to Saco, she served as "Popcorn Kernel" for Portland Cub Scout Pack 97 and room parent at St. Brigid School.
Joyce is proud to have represented many pro bono clients through the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project and Pine Tree Legal Assistance's MASH (Maine Attorneys Saving Homes) program. In 2013, she received a certificate of commendation from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court's Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program, honoring attorneys who complete 50 or more hours of pro bono work in a calendar year.
Joyce and her husband, Edward Clark, live in Saco with their two children, who attend C.K. Burns School and Thornton Academy.
Penny Kacere, legal assistant, started with Picher & Associates in 1989, and has been working with Joyce since 1990. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Penny has also lived in Chicago, Illinois & Clearwater, Florida. Penny and her husband live in Scarborough. She enjoys swimming, playing tennis, and writing and performing music.