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Alyssa Harland Knisely

About Alyssa Knisely

About me

I was born and raised in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania; home of "The Bubblers". I graduated from Boiling Springs High School in 1999, attended Harrisburg Area Community College for two (2) years, and graduated Cum Laude from Shippensburg University in 2004 with a BA in Political Science.

While in high school and college, I worked part-time for my family's business, Knisely's Pet and Farm Center, in Carlisle.

I graduated from the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2007.

While at Widener, I continued to work part-time for my family, and dedicated a significant amount of time and hard work to the Trial Advocacy Honor Society, serving as the External Vice President in my third year (3L). I was also the founding member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America on my campus, and served as the President of this campus organization in both my second (2L) and third year (3L). While at Widener, I also attended and graduated from The Law and Government Insitute, and received The Widener University School of Law Distinguished Service Award.

I maintained several internships during Law School, including positions with The Honorable Richard A. Lewis, Judge, Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, The Law Offices of Steve Rice, Esq., in Gettysburg, The Cumberland County District Attorney's Office, The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, and The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, in the Criminal Appeals Division.

Upon graduation from Law School, I accepted a Certified Legal Internship with The Dauphin County Office of the Public Defender pending results of both The Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams. After passing both the PA and NJ bars, I was offered an Assistant Public Defender position, which I graciously accepted. During my career as a Public Defender, I handled a large number of criminal matters, from the preliminary through the trial and appellate levels, as well as Children and Youth dependency cases.

After 3.5 years with The Public Defenders, I am now proud to be an attorney with Kope and Associates.

In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities, such as the Sprint Car Races at local dirt tracks, Tubing, Kayaking, Boating and White Water Rafting, as well as working with my family on our farm and in our Carriage Company as a driver.