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Jim Wrona '90

"From day one, YCP was welcoming, inspiring and overflowing with opportunities to become involved, learn and grow as a person."

Jim Wrona was inspired to go to law school when a landlord in college tried to make him and his roommates pay more than the signed lease. In hopes of resolving the dispute, he learned about tenant and landlord law from a legal clinic and discovered that legal knowledge can be a powerful ally. He received a B.A. in History from York College and later received his Juris Doctorate in 1993 with high honors from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law. He was part of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and is now part of York College's Collegiate Council. Working on the Council gives him the opportunity to continue to be involved with YCP. Currently, he is the Vice President and Associate General Counselor of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington, D.C. His life and career were impacted by many YCP professors, coaches, and the community. He explained, "I made great friends, learned from talented and enthusiastic professors and coaches, and grew as a person." Philip Avillo, retired history professor, helped him learn to think critically and exceed his potential. The late Melvin Kulbicki, political science professor and pre-law advisor, gave him the courage and motivation he needed to succeed and prosper on his LSAT for law school. Patrick Massa, Men's Soccer Coach, also helped him understand the importance of cooperation and equality. In addition, YCP prepared him for his career by teaching him the value of critical thinking, diligence, and teamwork. Wrona said, "YCP cultivated a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere, the likes of which it is difficult to replicate." He suggests that students graduating from YCP understand that their college years are important because they can learn to network, help others, and overcome challenges.

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