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Joyce Leary Clark, the owner of Scarborough Legal Center, grew up on a small dairy farm in Saco, Maine. She graduated from Thornton Academy in 1981 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1985. She received her J.D. 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 served as club secretary from 2000–2003, president from 2003–2004, and secretary from 2011–2012 & again in 2013. She currently serves as a member of the club's board of directors, and also as assistant secretary. She formerly served on the Saco Valley Land Trust board of directors and the City of Saco Zoning Board of Appeals.
Since 1993, she has interviewed local applicants to Harvard University for the Harvard Club of Maine. She has also served as "Popcorn Kernel" for Cub Scout Pack 97 in Portland 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. On October 1, 2013, she was recognized by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court's Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program, which recognizes 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.
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 now lives with her husband in Scarborough. She enjoys swimming, playing tennis, and writing music.