Jacquelyn Roderick Grossnickle

Jacquelyn Roderick Grossnickle first became interested in law while earning her diploma at Walkersville Grossnickel.webHigh. She found history classes intriguing, especially those that discussed the Supreme Court. As Jacquelyn progressed through her college undergraduate years, her interest became solid as she studied history and political science. After graduating from Hood College with a bachelor of arts in political science and a minor in business, she set her sights on studying law at University of Baltimore.

A Walkersville native, Jacquelyn grew up on a farm, and stayed close to home while in school. She worked as a legal assistant in Montgomery County full-time, and attended University of Baltimore at night, commuting from Frederick County. After graduating in 2011, Jacquelyn passed the bar exam and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December, and in July 2012 joined the Law Office of Daniel K. Tregoning, P.C., in Frederick, focusing on estate planning and administration.
Jacquelyn's success was helped along with two scholarships she received in 2003: The Marvin and Bonnie Laws Scholarship and The Sandra E. Long Memorial Scholarship, helping with tuition and books which allowed her to save ahead for future tuition costs. In addition, she credits her older sister, Julia (also a Community Foundation scholarship recipient) for pushing her and helping her complete scholarship applications. "If it weren't for her, I probably wouldn't have gone this far," said Jacquelyn.
Jacquelyn said her work day involves meeting with clients, participating in teleconferences, preparing wills, deeds, contracts, and documents to open and close estates, and other items necessary in estate work. She also has to be current on changes in the law. "I like helping people determine the estate plan that will work best for them," she said. "It feels good to help them reach their goals. There are so many people who should have wills and don't, especially younger people with children. It's so important to have a plan in place if something unexpected happens."
This scholarship recipient has gone full circle. Jacquelyn is now serving as a volunteer with the Community Foundation's scholarship committee, reviewing applications for hopeful scholars. In addition, she has volunteered for "Wills for Heroes," a program sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Association that provides free wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney to first responders, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and corrections and probation officers. Volunteer attorneys like Jacquelyn meet with first responders, and then draft, witness, and notarize the documents at the event. Jacquelyn says it's a very rewarding experience to help these professionals who put their life on the line every day to ensure the safety of others.
Jacquelyn's advice to graduating high school seniors is to plan your time well while in college. "Making the most of your time while in college will pay off when you graduate, so take advantage of every opportunity you can that will help you stand out when you start looking for employment."

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