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2019 Peck Law Firm Scholarship Announcement

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We are proud to announce our fourth annual Peck Law Firm Scholarship contest for the 2018-2019 school year!

For many students across the nation, paying for college is a huge challenge. Students, or their parents, are often forced to take out student loans to pay for college tuition, fees, and housing.

Since 2016, we have given scholarship awards to three exemplary students. This is our way of responding to the ever-increasing costs of higher education in the United States. We look forward to awarding another scholarship to a worthy student this year.

Our past winners include:

For our 2019 contest, we are asking applicants to write an essay answering the following question: “Should judges start child custody cases with a presumption that fathers and mothers should have equal time with their children after a divorce?”

Our $2,000 scholarship is open to any American citizen that meets the following criteria:

  • Will have graduated high school on or before July 1, 2019
  • Has a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Will be attending a college, graduate school, or law school for the 2019 Fall Semester
  • The application process is simple. There are just three steps:

    1. Completely fill out the application form
    2. Submit an essay of 1,000 words or less
    3. Attach a resume and any applicable transcripts
    4. The application and detailed rules can be found here.

      We look forward to reading the ideas and insights in this year’s essays. We wish all of our applicants the best and urge all students to apply.

      The application deadline is May 31, 2019 and the winner will be announced on July 31, 2019.

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2018 Scholarship Winner

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We Have Selected A Winner For Our 2018 Scholarship!

Three years ago, we began sponsoring The Peck Law Firm scholarship to help assist exemplary students pay for their college education. The cost of attending college has continued to grow in recent years and we expect the scholarships we award to help offset these costs.

This year, we asked our applicants to write an essay responding to the following question: “How will America’s declining birth rate redefine American families, culture, and government?” We were eager to hear the differing perspectives of young adults on this important issue.

We had over 140 applications submitted to us from across the nation. The winner was chosen on the merit of their essay — without any reference to gender, race, age, where they live, or where they plan to attend school. After numerous hours of consideration, we found one essay that stood apart from the rest.

The writer of that essay, and winner of the 2018 Peck Law Firm Scholarship, is Elizabeth Hipes.

Elizabeth is the first winner of our scholarship who is local to the Charleston area. Our two previous winners were from outside Charleston County. We are especially honored to help a student so close to our firm. She is also the second high school student to receive this award.

Elizabeth was born in Columbus, Ohio and lived there for four years before moving to Wilmington, North Carolina. Ten years ago, she and her family moved to Mount Pleasant. She graduated from Wando High School in June 2018 and will be attending the College of Charleston this fall.

She plans on double majoring in Chemistry and Communication with a minor in Spanish. Her dream is to go to medical school and became an Anesthesiologist in New York City.

We are extremely proud of Elizabeth and have posted her winning essay below.

We thank everyone who submitted an application this year and can’t wait to see what’s in store for our 4th annual 2019 scholarship contest. We will be announcing the essay topic soon.

Here is Elizabeth’s winning essay:

With the steadily declining birth rate in the United States, there has been lots of debate on what the future of our country looks like and what should be done, if anything, to solve the problem. The declining birth rate will redefine many parts of American life like families, culture and government; but there is significant debate over whether or not this shift should be looked upon as a blessing or a national emergency.

The traditional American family 60 years ago consisted of the working father, stay-at-home mother and 2.5 children. But in today’s world due to the declining birth rate and and many other factors, the “traditional” American family is almost impossible to put into one category. The birth rate has been slowly declining since the 1980s and has been continuing to decrease for several different reasons with one of the biggest reasons being that women are waiting longer to have children. With secondary education becoming more and more common, women have been focusing on furthering their education and building a career rather than having children. Because women are going off to college first, some decide to focus on their career and not have children at all while others simply wait until a later age. Not only has the population been dipping because of the emphasis on secondary education and career building for women, but the intense lapse in teen pregnancy rates have also contributed to what is now seen by some demographers as a national emergency. Teen pregnancies in the United States have dropped 8% since 2014 and are continuing to drop. Because of this rising trend in secondary education and the degeneracy of teen pregnancy rates, American families are becoming smaller and parents becoming older. As compared to the “traditional” American family back in the 1950s, today’s family unit looks drastically different and will continue to do so until there is stabilization in America’s population.

Since the declining birth rate is decreasing the American population, it also means that the number of people in the workforce will continue to decrease as well. Therefore the government’s hand will eventually be forced to act to combat the diminishing workforce. When the “Baby Boomer” generation becomes Social Security eligible, those dependents will then look to the generations before them to fill in the gap or reach the “replacement level” in the workforce so that the retirees can receive their Social Security benefits. But since the birth rate has been continuing to decline, the replacement level will not be high enough to meet the bar set by the Baby Boomers. The government will then be forced to step in to combat the replacement level problem. This can be carried out in many ways but one of the clearest solutions to the problem is to outsource from other countries. By hiring people from around the world to come work in the United States, America’s culture will shift dramatically because of these employees and their families coming from different countries with different cultures than that of the United States. America has always been a melting pot of cultures, but with the declining birth rate and the inevitable influx of outsourced employment, the melting pot of America will become even more dramatically diverse.

Government policies and the types of problems that the government will intervene in will also change because of this growing problem. Government funded incentive programs could encourage people to have more children (like programs implemented in Singapore and Denmark). Aspects like longer maternity/paternity leaves, cheaper child care, and maybe subsidizing families will take place in order to keep the population in America stable. This type of government-run program (although carried out by many other countries around the world) has never been done by the United States before and so would completely change the way American citizens see their government and the role they should play in their everyday lives. Government intervention would not be the only thing to redefine American government; things like policy changes could take place when it comes to immigration. To keep tax revenue flowing — since there will be a lack of due to the aging population — the government could alter their immigration policy to allow more families to legally come into the country and work to stimulate the economy (and therefore generate more tax revenue).

All of these possible solutions to the declining birth rate problem would completely redefine the way American government is run, how American families look and the American cultural atmosphere. Although this redefinition and other effects of the declining birth rate are not seen by all as a bad thing. Some demographers are claiming that the declining birth rate could create several short term benefits for the community and for the planet. As the population declines, it is safe to say that people will produce less waste and consume less energy. With the earth rapidly deteriorating, demographers say that this could buy the world some time to mend the destroyed environment (whether it’s deforestation, air pollution or climate change) before it becomes irreparable. Another reason why the declining birth rate could be a good thing in the short run is that the American economy could be stimulated and productivity would increase. These short term benefits in the face of a declining birth rate are referred to demographers as the “demographic dividend”. When people have less children, they are more apt to focus on career building rather than family building, making a community (and a nation) more productive. Also with children being an additional financial responsibility, those with more children are less likely to consume and would keep the economy stagnant as compared to those with little to no children who would be more financially able to spend their money. There is a compelling argument that the declining birth rate could be an asset; but these benefits are temporary and in the long run the declining birth rate could have a major negative impact.

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Peck Law Firm Voted Best Family Law Firm in Charleston For Second Year

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The people of Charleston have once again chosen the Peck Law Firm as the Best Family Law Firm in Charleston for 2017.

Each year, Charleston residents and readers of the Post and Courier get to vote for their favorite local businesses across dozens of categories. Thousands of readers had the opportunity to cast their votes.

This is the second year that we have been bestowed with this honor. We are grateful for every person that voted for our firm this year. We also won this award in 2016.

The Peck Law Firm Difference

At the Peck Law Firm, we only practice family law. This means we only take on divorce, child custody, child support, and alimony cases. This commitment to a single area of law is what allows us to be recognized for two straight years as the best family law firm in the Charleston area.

We are dedicated to helping every man and woman that finds themselves facing divorce. Each divorce case we take on matters to us.

Divorce hurts. It’s scary not knowing what the future looks like. We’re here to help guide people during this trying time. We give our clients hope for a better future.

Expanding For Better Service

Just three years ago we had only one attorney and one office. Now we have seven lawyers, eight supporting staff members, and offices in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville. We are now the largest divorce law firm in South Carolina.

Whether you live in Charleston, Daniel Island, Goose Creek, James Island, Summerville, West Ashley, or elsewhere in the Berkeley. Charleston, or Dorchester counties, we are available to help. Finding a Divorce Lawyer in Mount Pleasant, Charleston and Summerville has never been easier.

If you find yourself facing a divorce, please schedule a free no-obligation phone consultation today with our scheduling tool, or call us directly at 843-631-7117.

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The Peck Law Firm 2018 Scholarship Essay Contest

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We are excited to announce the third annual Peck Law Firm Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year!

For many high school seniors and current college students, paying for college is a tremendous challenge. Many times, students (or their parents) are forced to take out student loans to pay for college tuition, fees, and other related costs.

In the past two years, we have given scholarship awards to two worthy students. This is our way of responding to the continually increasing costs of higher education. This year, we look forward to awarding another scholarship to a worthy student.

For this year’s contest, we are asking applicants to write an essay answering the following question: How will America’s declining birth rate redefine American families, culture, and government?

This $2,000 scholarship is open to any American citizen, that meets the following criteria:

  • Will have graduated high school on or before July 1, 2018
  • Has a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Will be attending a college, graduate school, or law school for the 2018 Fall Semester

Applying for the scholarship is easy. There are three steps

  1. Completely fill out the application form
  2. Submit an essay of 1,000 words or less
  3. Attach a resume and any applicable transcripts

You can find the application and detailed rules here.

We received many thought-provoking essays from the past two contests, and we can’t wait to see what students will submit this year. We urge all students to apply.

The application deadline is May 31, 2018 and the winner will be announced on July 31, 2018.

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2017 Scholarship Essay Contest Winner Announcement

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We Have Chosen A Winner For Our 2017 Scholarship!

This was our 2nd year of sponsoring The Peck Law Firm scholarship contest to help assist a student in raising additional funds to pay for their college education, which has continued to rise in recent years.

This year, we asked applicants to write an essay answering the question: “What effects will the 2016 presidential election have on American families?” We wanted to see the different views young adults have about the recent election.

We had over 200 applications this year from all around the country. These essays were read and judged without any reference to where the applicant lives or plans on attending school, or any other information like race, age, or gender. After spending countless hours and reading all the essays, one essay really stood out among the others we received.

With that being said, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Peck Law Firm Scholarship is Anthony Perez!

Anthony recently graduated from Georgia Tech University in 2016 with a 3.4 GPA and a degree in finance. Anthony plans on pursuing a law degree from Mercer Law School in the fall of 2016.

Anthony came to Georgia Tech University on a baseball scholarship and not only excelled on the field, but also excelled in the classroom. During his time at Georgia Tech, Anthony made the Dean’s or President’s list each semester and was also an academic peer for his teammates on the baseball team.

We thank all of the 2017 applicants for their outstanding essays and look forward to providing more financial assistance with our 2018 scholarship contest!

Again, we congratulate Anthony Perez and wish him nothing but the best as he pursues his law degree from Mercer Law School! We have posted his winning essay at the bottom of this post.

We wish we had enough funds to award scholarships to all who applied. We want to thank all our applicants for their outstanding submissions and we can’t wait to see what happens for our 2018 scholarship contest.

Read Anthony’s essay below.

“As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big.” And oh boy does Donald Trump think HUUGGEE! This past election season was one for the history books. Not only was it the election of our 45th president, he was the first person elected that turned the election into a circus. Though many considered the election a joke, what is a democracy if you can’t vote for whomever you want? Now that President Trump is in charge of ruling the free world, what does that mean for American families? With so many variables and so many topics to discuss, this realm is nearly impossible to answer. Being a Hispanic conservative who voted for Trump, my perspective is taboo to some.

I would say my background is unique but my family’s issue, as well as my own, are the same as some American families. This election brought out the best and worst in people, but for my family, in particular, this election brought out the best. Growing up in a lower middle-class family, working to make ends meet, has and was always the main issue within my family. My father of Puerto Rican descent is a retired police officer and my mother, a southern belle from Louisiana who works as a lab tech, are two examples of what makes America so great, the working class! My parents are in pursuit of the American dream, which President Trump promises to bring back to our country in full force. Almost every morning as my father was paying for his coffee at the nearby Quiktrip, on his way to work, he would repeat the same corny line, as the cashier asked how his morning was going “I’m healthy, I’m employed, and I’m broke, but my people and I came to this country of capitalism to chase the American dream!” It would always give everyone as well as myself in line a little chuckle as he used his extremely apparent fake, broken English accent, even though he was fluent in both languages and had no issue speaking clear English.

This election has brought hope back to the working class American family. Trump’s win wasn’t some overly elaborate underdog win or some conspiracy theory. This country has blossomed from the idea that anyone can be anything through hard work and dedication in the pursuit of happiness. The American Dream used to be an attainable goal. How is Trump bringing back the American dream? Reforms in tax plans, medical services, and government spending are key issues for middle-class families. Since all these reforms are fairly new it is hard to say which will work best or which will work at all, but the concept of the reforms are geared to help those who were overlooked during the past eight years.

Trump’s tax reform stirs away from a progressive tax plan and causes growth and prosperity at each class level. Moving to a flat tax will create incentives for family’s and individuals to progress instead of thinking about how much more the government will take away as they make more money. For instance, my cousin had to make a difficult decision to accept a raise and better herself or stick with her current job so she that she wouldn’t be taxed as much. This should never be a question for someone who wants to move up in the world.

When the Affordable Care Act was passed, our family’s deductibles skyrocketed. Our insurance went from covering almost everything to making us pick and choose what we can and cannot have covered. On top of all of this, insurance companies were dropping like flies – leaving individuals in limbo. Presidents Trump’s idea to build competition between insurance providers would, of course, drive down price through competition but it would benefit the client the most by allowing people to pick the services they want or if they even want service at all.

Where do all of our tax dollars go? What is it used on? What the government spends our tax dollars on is always something we should have a say in. President Trump promises to rebuild our infrastructure. Preserving our government buildings and lands, such as our schools and parks, and help to finally build up our military. Not everyone agrees with these plans for investing in “America First,” as President Trump loves to say, but building up our military is one thing that is for certain going to help protect American families. Building back up our infrastructures will enhance our lives and keep us safe. The last thing our cities or other parts of our country need is another I-85 highway collapse, which drastically affected the city of Atlanta and the surrounding counties.

This election has brought much more back to the American families than policies and reforms. It has brought back the idea that anyone and everyone can attain the American dream. This election has brought back true hope and motivation to the working class. It is much deeper than policy. It is a lifestyle change. The election is a true testament to the citizens of this great nation and their hope for what is to come in the future. Without these deeply rooted ideas of what America really symbolizes, my Grandparents would have never moved to a two bedroom government housing apartment in the lower income areas of New York to chase an imaginary dream. There is truth behind America’s promises. We just need to get back to believing in it.

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