By: Sarah Wenrich
August 3, 2023
Bernstein-Burkley Associate Sarah Wenrich is the Community Outreach and Public Relations Co-Chair (and has been co-chair or chair since 2021) for the Judith K. Fitzgerald Inns of Court. This particular Inn is a bankruptcy group which includes attorneys and judges in the Western District of Pennsylvania, including Erie. The Judith K. Fitzgerald Inns of Court has reached “platinum status” for a number of years and one of the requirements is that they provide service hours to the community. Sarah has worked to facilitate the Financial Literacy program that the Inns has put into place.
The Financial Literacy Program has teamed up with the Allegheny County Bar Association Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section for the past few years to give a financial literacy presentation to local high school students in various school districts in the greater Pittsburgh area. This program discusses important concepts like credit scores, interest rates, and, most relevant to most of the students, student loans. The attorneys and judges participating in this program help students gain a better understanding the risks and benefits in obtaining credit cards and taking out loans and provide the students with this information before they are faced with financial decisions after graduation. There has been a new law passed which requires high school students in Pennsylvania to take a personal finance course and the Inns of Court intends to continue to support schools and teachers in providing this valuable information to the students. Sarah, along with other attorneys and judges who are members of the local Inns of Court, volunteer their time as guest presenters to share stories both personal and what they have seen in their practice to bring in real life experiences.
To learn more about the Judith K. Fitzgerald Inns of Court & the financial literacy program –
For any additional information contact Sarah Wenrich