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Lerch Early is First Montgomery County Law Firm to Participate in Junior Achievement "JA in a Day" Teaching Personal Finance

Today Lerch Early attorneys and staff taught personal finance skills to 6th graders at Newport Mill Middle School, marking the first time a Montgomery County law firm has participated in the "JA in a Day" program sponsored by Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. Volunteers devoted the morning to presenting "JA Economics for Success," which explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based on their skills, interests, and values. They covered concepts like credit, debt, decision-making, gross vs. net income, interest, needs and wants, opportunity costs, risk, self-knowledge and the world of work.

The firm's participation was organized by attorney Patrick O'Neil (pictured above, far left), who sits on JA's Montgomery County Advisory Committee. Other firm volunteers included attorneys Paul Alpuche, Frank Baldino, and Eric Core, along with marketing director Anne Core, legal assistant Deborah Gaynor and records manager Lucia Rossel. The were joined by friends of the firm Gary Timmons and Barbara Good.

Junior Achievement of Greater Washington empowers young people to own their economic success. Junior Achievement's programs provide financial literacy education experiences to students that are both unique and exciting, yet fully correlate with the requisite Standards of Learning. Learning about economics - whether it is a concept as simple as "wants and needs" or as complex as "modern international trade" - is a valuable and enriching experience for students. The JA lessons are taught by adult role models from the local community, including businesspeople, parents, and university students. For more information, visit


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