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Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorney Scholarship Awarded to Kiara Ashton

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. awarded Kiara Ashton of Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter High School the firm’s 2017 Pearce Law Firm Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship.

Edith Pearce presents Kiara Ashton with the scholarship

Ms. Ashton will be graduating from Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter High School (PE&T) in June. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is ranked 2nd in her class of over 140 students. Kiara is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and Student Government. Kiara became passionate about becoming a lawyer through the Philadelphia Athletic League (PAL) Day at City Hall, where she shadowed a Municipal Court Judge and obtained an internship during the summer. Kiara will be attending Temple University in the fall as a criminal justice major.

The Pearce Law Firm held a ceremony on March 16 to present the award. Ms. Pearce commented, “Kiara stood out this year as a student passionate about becoming a lawyer. Not only has she exceled academically, but also she has shown leadership both in the classroom and outside, including her involvement with the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philly AIDS Thrift Store.” Ms. Pearce also commented, “I am a big supporter of schools such as Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter High School where students are prepared for high-tech industries and vocations where there is a shortage of skilled workers, while also giving students a strong foundation in core academic subjects.” Founded in 2002 by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 98, PE&T gives students the opportunity to enter the career fields of their choice in a variety of ways, including the pursuit of apprenticeships at IBEW Local 98, direct employment in industries, or attendance at college.

This $1,500 scholarship was created by Edith Pearce, founder of The Pearce Law Firm, P.C., and is awarded annually to a Pennsylvania high school senior or recent high school graduate who has been accepted to a college or university with the desire to attend law school following college. The scholarship exists to encourage “aspiring attorneys” in high school to pursue their dream to become a lawyer after college. The applicant must be a Pennsylvania high school senior or recent Pennsylvania high school graduate with a minimum high school GPA of 3.0.  Applications for The Pearce Law Firm Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship for 2018 are due by May 31, 2018 and can be found online at https://thepearcelawfirm.com/aspiring-scholarship.

The Pearce Law Firm is a Philadelphia law firm committed to helping injured victims in personal injury cases as well as employment claims. A nationally recognized trial attorney, Edith Pearce is the founder and owner of The Pearce Law Firm. She has been recognized one of “Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers” and has been named for over a decade as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer as published in Philadelphia Magazine. The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. is located at 1429 Walnut Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or you can contact them by phone at (215) 557-8686 or by going to their website at www.thepearcelawfirm.com.


Bronze Star Recipient Jennifer Barrow Awarded The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship for 2017

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C awarded the 2017 Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship to Jennifer Barrow from Riverdale, Florida.  Jennifer is attending Harvard Law School.  The 3rd annual scholarship award is given to a women law student who has shown leadership and academic success.

Edith Pearce, a nationally recognized Philadelphia personal injury lawyer created the scholarship to inspire and recognize the next generation of women leaders in the law.  Edith Pearce awarded the scholarship remotely this year as Ms. Barrow is from Florida and is attending Harvard Law School in Massachusetts.  Jennifer Barrow graduated from West Point, the United States Military Academy.  After graduation from West Point, Ms. Barrow was commissioned as Lieutenant Barrow, as a military intelligence officer. Over the course of the next seven years, Ms. Barrow earned the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal in her deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.  Ms. Pearce commented, “Jennifer has shown her leadership and service to this country along with her academic success of being accepted to Harvard Law School as a transfer after one year at the University of Florida Law School.”  In awarding the $1,500 scholarship, Ms. Pearce stated, “The Pearce Law Firm is proud to award The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship to Jennifer Barrow for 2017.”  Applications for the 2018 Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship are being accepted until May 31, 2018.  More information is available on The Pearce Law Firm’s website.

The Pearce Law Firm is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 1429 Walnut Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Its founder, Edith Pearce, is a highly sought after trial attorney who has received numerous awards including being named to Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers by the Philadelphia Inquirer, a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 9 times by Philadelphia Magazine, and a Lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Pearce Law Firm is one of the few personal injury law firms in Philadelphia founded and owned exclusively by a female lawyer.


All Attorneys at The Pearce Law Firm Named 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

All attorneys of The Pearce Law Firm located in Philadelphia have been named 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Edith Pearce was named to the 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.  This is Attorney Pearce’s ninth time she has been named to the list.  Less than 5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys are recognized as Super Lawyers each year.  Super Lawyers is also published in the June issue of Philadelphia Magazine.

Additionally, Attorneys William Ringland and Nicole Vitale of The Pearce Law Firm have been named among Pennsylvania’s Rising Stars, an honor reserved for no more than 2.5% of lawyers under 40 years old or who have practiced less than 10 years in Pennsylvania.  This is Attorney Ringland’s fifth year in a row that he has been named to this prestigious list.  Attorney Vitale has now been named to the list for six years in a row.  The “Rising Stars” list includes lawyers under 40 years. Less than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 or practicing less than 10 years are named to this list.

A division of Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers® is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Other lawyers who have personally observed them in action nominate lawyers to this list.  An attorney-led research team who assigns points based on a set of defined evaluation criteria then reviews these credentials. The point totals from a general survey of other lawyers and the research process are then added to arrive at a final tally. Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including verdicts and settlements; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; pro bono and community service efforts; and scholarly lectures and writings. The ultimate objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse list of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for other practitioners and consumers searching for legal counsel.

The Pearce Law Firm is one of the few law firms where currently every attorney has been recognized on the Super Lawyers list.  You can feel confident in hiring The Pearce Law Firm if you want the highest quality legal representation in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas for your personal injury lawsuit or employment lawsuit.

 


Catrina Shea of Villanova Law School Awarded The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

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The Pearce Law Firm, P.C awarded today the 2016 Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship to Catrina Shea from Tom Rivers, New Jersey.  Catrina is attending Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

This scholarship is awarded annually to women who are currently attending a law school in the United States and have shown leadership and academic success.  The award was created by Philadelphia personal injury lawyer and founder of The Pearce Law Firm, Edith Pearce to inspire talented females enrolled in law school to compete and excel in the law. In a ceremony held at The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia, Ms. Pearce commented that “Catrina showed a passion for helping others in her work with Special Olympics as a volunteer throughout high school and Director of Special Olympics at the University of Connecticut.“   Ms. Pearce noted that Catrina listed her mother as her inspiration watching her raise a family while being a nurse, including working many years at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Catrina has excelled academically while at law school, serving on the Villanova Law Review.   In awarding the $2,000 scholarship, Ms. Pearce stated, “The Pearce Law Firm is proud to award the Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship to Catrina Shea.”

Applications for the 2017 Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship are being accepted until May 31, 2017.  More information is available on The Pearce Law Firm’s website.

The Pearce Law Firm is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 1429 Walnut Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Its founder, Edith Pearce is a highly sought after trial attorney who has received numerous awards including being named to Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers by the Philadelphia Inquirer, a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 8 times by Philadelphia Magazine, and a Lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Pearce Law Firm is one of the few personal injury law firms in Philadelphia founded and owned exclusively by a female lawyer.


Edith Pearce Receives Super Lawyer Designation for Seventh Year

Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer Edith Pearce was named as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” for 2015 according to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list published in the June issue of Philadelphia magazine. This is the seventh year that Ms. Pearce has been recognized with this designation. The “Super Lawyer” award is based on peer reviews, meaning that other lawyers nominate area attorneys for the award that they have personally seen at work. Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters, rates and honors those lawyers who have achieved considerable professional success in their practice as recognized by other attorneys.

Ms. Pearce said of the award, “I’m very proud of this recognition as my peers have once again recognized my abilities in and out of the courtroom and my dedication to my clients.” Read more about Edith Pearce

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Edith Pearce – Super Lawyer 2015

Attaining the Super Lawyers award is not easy: only about 5 percent of Pennsylvania’s attorneys are named Super Lawyers (approximately 2,500 out of more than 50,000 attorneys statewide). The process of becoming a Super Lawyer is lengthy and begins each year when attorneys are invited to submit nominations for the award. A team of researchers with Super Lawyers then begins researching each nomination and awarding them a certain number of points based on various aspects of their professional practice. The research team that evaluates candidates looks to 12 factors in making their decision, including: (1) verdicts and settlements won by the attorney; (2) other honors and awards received; (3) special licenses and certifications possessed by the attorney; (4) the attorney’s involvement in the community and history of providing free legal services to those in need; and (5) any scholarly writings or lectures completed by the attorney. At the end of the evaluation, only those attorneys who receive the highest total points are designated as Super Lawyers and recognized for their “high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.”

Edith Pearce is a nationally-recognized trial attorney and is the founder of The Pearce Law Firm, P.C.. The Pearce Law Firm is a Philadelphia-based law office dedicated to pursuing compensation on behalf of those severely injured in personal injury accidents such as car or truck accidents or slip and fall incidents. The firm also helps pursue justice for those who have been unfairly discriminated against or harassed in the workplace. For Ms. Pearce, this is the seventh time Philadelphia magazine has recognized her as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer; she has also been recognized by Newsweek as one of the 20 Leaders in the Law and as a Philadelphia Top Lawyer by the Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, she has obtained an AV rating – the highest rating available – from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s preeminent rating service that rates personal injury attorneys. Ms. Pearce is also a member of MENSA. The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. is available to help injury victims in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania recover monetary damages for their injuries and losses. The office is located at 1429 Walnut Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102 and can be reached by phone at (215) 600-1433.


Recipient of 2014 Pearce Law Firm Scholarship Announced

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. announced today that Shayla Burnham, a student at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the firm’s 2014 Pearce Law Firm Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship.

Edith Pearce Awards Shayla Burnham

Edith Pearce Awards Shayla Burnham

This one-time, $2,000 scholarship was created by Edith Pearce, founder of The Pearce Law Firm, P.C., and is awarded annually to a Pennsylvania high school student or high school graduate who has been accepted to a college or university and who has desires to attend law school following college. The scholarship exists to encourage promising young Pennsylvania high school students to pursue a career in law after college. Applicants must be a Pennsylvania high school senior or Pennsylvania high school graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Applications for The Pearce Law Firm Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship for 2015 can be found online; apply for 2015 by submitting the application no later than December 31.

Recipients are chosen based on their academic achievement, involvement in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and the students’ financial needs. Ms. Burnham is a June 2014 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School. There, she graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was ranked in the top 3% of her class. Ms. Burnham also participated in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Mock Trial Competition for the past four years and was a member of the Cumberland Valley High School’s 2014 team. This team placed third in the 2014 competition out of more than 300 participating high schools from across Pennsylvania. In addition to these activities, Ms. Burnham was also very active in several other extracurricular activities in her school and in her community. Ms. Pearce stated of Shayla, “Although there were many outstanding applications, Shayla’s application stood out.  The Pearce Law Firm is proud to award The Pearce Law Firm Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship to Shayla Burnham.”

Ms. Burnham indicated in her application for the scholarship that receiving the award would enable her to be the first member of her family to attend college and receive a college education from the University of Virginia.

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. is a Philadelphia-based litigation firm committed to helping victims injured in personal injury accidents as well as employment disputes. Edith Pearce, a nationally-recognized trial attorney and member of MENSA, is the founder and owner of the firm. She has been recognized by Newsweek at one of the 20 Leaders in the Law, as one of Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has been named seven times as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia magazine. Ms. Pearce has also obtained an AV rating (the highest rating available) from Martindale-Hubbell, the country’s premiere personal injury lawyer rating service. This rating is only awarded to those lawyers who have demonstrated the “highest levels of professional skill and integrity.” The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. is located at 1429 Walnut Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or you can contact them by phone at (215) 600-1433.


Scholarship Awarded – Empowering Women in Law

The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. offers an annually awarded scholarship to inspire and support women who have chosen to pursue an education in the law and have career goals in a legal field that is largely male-dominated. The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship was created by Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Edith Pearce, who is also the founder and owner of her own firm – the Pearce Law Firm, P.C. The aim of the scholarship is to help women achieve their full potential by emboldening them so that they can compete and thrive as they pursue their legal education, and ultimately attain success and have a rewarding career as a female lawyer in the future.

The scholarship is awarded to hardworking, talented and dedicated women who are currently in law school that demonstrate leadership and a commitment to their legal education, their schools and their local communities, but also have financial need. Applicants must be female and attending a U.S. law school, must have completed at least one semester of law school classes, and must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in order to be eligible. The award amount is $2,000. A link to the application form for The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship for next year is available online, where you can apply for 2015. Applications are due in full no later than December 31, 2015.

2014-2015 Scholarship Recipient Mary Johnston

Edith Pearce awarding the 2014-2015 Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship to Mary Johnston.

The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship for 2014-2015 was awarded at the end of June to Mary Johnston of Bridgewater, New Jersey. Ms. Johnston is a law student at William and Mary Law School, where she has just completed her first year classes. In a demonstration of her drive and perseverance, Ms. Johnston held two jobs while attending undergrad at The College of New Jersey, and still was able to graduate with a 3.95 grade point average. Ms. Johnston was inspired to go to law school by a female supervisor that she grew close to while interning with the United States Marshals Service.

About The Pearce Law Firm

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. is a Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm that was founded and is owned exclusively by a female lawyer, Edith Pearce. Edith Pearce leads by example, and encourages women to pursue and to strive for their career goals. She has repeatedly been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine, and listed as one of Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers by the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

The Pearce Law Firm has announced the Empowering Women in Law Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States.

The workforce is changing dramatically as bold women enter with courageous determination to make a difference and change the world. In the words or Marie Curie, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Women are capable beyond measure at reaching success in anything they set their mind to and the field of law is no exception. Whether it is representing a victim of sexual harassment against a large company or handling a local bicycle accident case involving a child or loved one , women are making a difference in the world of law every day.

Edith Pearce, the founder of the Pearce Law Firm P.C. in Philadelphia commented, “When I first started practicing law, many times the male attorneys would assume I was the court reporter when I entered the room for a deposition; that changed quickly when I started asking their client questions they were not always prepared for.” Edith Pearce is in a very small percentage of women who own their law firm. It can be very challenging balancing work and family life, but women should know they can have a very successful and rewarding career in the law.

According to the Wall Street Journal, women now make up one third of all the lawyers in the United States. This is a tremendous increase from the 1970’s when just 4% of all lawyers were women. The percentage of females entering law school rose steadily from 1967 from 4.9% through 2001, when women almost made up 50% of incoming law students. However, since 2002, the percentage started to decline. According to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in in the Profession’s February 2013 report, women now make up 46.8% of entering law students, a decline of almost 3% since 2001.

At the Pearce Law Firm, we believe in empowering brave women who want to keep breaking the glass ceiling of the “old boys club.” This scholarship is envisioned to encourage and support exceptional accomplishment and leadership for future women attorneys now in law school. For more information click the link below.

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Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. in Philadelphia has announced a scholarship available to high school students in the state of Pennsylvania who have aspirations of attending law school. All lawyers remember that pivotal moment when they realized a future in law was their goal. Whether it was on the high school debate team, a government class, working part-time for a law firm or government agency, or even watching an episode of Law and Order or Judge Judy…all attorneys had that defining moment when they knew law school was on the horizon. Edith Pearce, the founder of the Pearce Law Firm, P.C. remembers when she realized she wanted to go to law school. “I was working for a law firm in high school and I thought it would be such an honor to represent people and try to help them with their legal issues.”

Benefits of becoming a lawyer

Perhaps the thoughts of becoming a lawyer have crossed your mind but you are intimidated by the road ahead. The pathway from law school to the Bar Exam takes a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work but the benefits outweigh the difficulty one hundred fold. Below are the benefits of the rewarding and exciting field of law.

Opportunity to serve
Lawyers are in a distinctive position where their knowledge and expertise can be used for the general good of the public. In a private practice, lawyers often do pro-bono work for individuals with low income, elderly or victims of domestic abuse. This work can be very rewarding. Many lawyers represent individuals or consumers in a dispute with a large company or insurance company. At The Pearce Law Firm, we represent individuals in personal injury lawsuits and employment issues battling against insurance companies and other large corporate interests or organizations. A lawyer allows an individual to level the playing field against a large company or insurance company who have unlimited resources. Many lawyers go into public service and even run for public office.

Learn how to argue persuasively
Law school will arm you with the tools to “think like a lawyer.” This includes how to understand there are two sides to an argument and how to persuasively present your side of the argument. Each time you’re able to make a difference in someone’s life, win a case, and convince a jury, you will gain a little more self-confidence in your ability to present your client’s point of view.

Work Life and Financial benefits
Experienced Lawyers earn an average of $60,000 more than the national median income. This advantage alone has many young, prospective attorneys excited. Although it will take a lot of hard work to get there, experienced lawyers cannot only earn a nice income; they can become their own boss. Being a partner in a law firm makes you part owner. Some lawyers also decide to start their own practices. The combination of partnership and self-employment means that nearly 25% of all lawyers are their own boss and have flexibility in making their own schedules.

Make a Difference in the World
In areas of law ranging from car accidents to civil rights cases, lawyers have always affected social change. Landmark legal cases such as the Ford Pinto case, have led to cars being safer in accidents. It took a lawyer to take Lois Jenson’s case to win the first major sexual harassment case in the United States, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit featured in the film “North Country.”

The list of recognized or implemented personal or civil rights because of lawyers is endless. However, lawyers have not stopped their fight for personal and civil rights with this country. The American Bar Association and its members have literally sent thousands of lawyers, professors and judges abroad to help countries write or rewrite their constitutions, reform criminal justice systems, develop environmental regulations and more.

The dream of becoming a lawyer is an ambitious one. At the Pearce Law Firm, we respect those ambitions and would like to extend a generous scholarship to encourage eager, young minds that are eager to embrace the field of law. “Representing individuals in personal injury lawsuits and employment discrimination and harassment has been so rewarding, and I am so glad that someone encouraged me to become a lawyer,” states Edith Pearce. If the above benefits appeal to you, do not hesitate to take that plunge into this career. Click the link below to begin the application process. We wish you great luck! For more information click the link below.

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Personal Injury Lawyer Edith Pearce Cleared By Federal Court To Pursue Federal Suit For Victim of Taser Gun

PHILADELPHIA, PA (PRWEB) October 29, 2013

A federal judge has ruled that a man who sustained critical injuries in a confrontation with Reading police can proceed with his lawsuit against the officers involved. Ernest Martin is seeking well in excess of $150,000 in damages after an alleged police tasing caused him to fall 40 feet from a highway overpass in court case number 12-cv-03665.

Martin was involved in a car chase with police in April 2012. The chase ended when the vehicle Martin was driving crashed into another vehicle on Route 422 in Reading. Police initially reported that Martin allegedly had jumped from the overpass, but investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and testimony from numerous witnesses revealed that police allegedly shot Martin with a taser as he stood near the ledge, precipitating his fall, according to Court Case No. CP-06-CR-0004948-2012.

“Police officers need to exercise caution and observe basic safety precautions when apprehending a suspect,” said Edith Pearce, personal injury lawyer and founder of The Pearce Law Firm. “We are very pleased with the judge’s ruling, and confident in our case going forward.”

Martin’s suit alleges that the officers involved obstructed justice and defamed his reputation. The suit also claims that officers threatened witnesses in order to protect their initial fabricated report that Martin had jumped from the overpass. Martin was reportedly near death from internal injuries following the incident and remained hospitalized for months afterwards.

The Reading Police had filed a motion to dismiss Martin’s federal lawsuit, claiming he was charged with theft and resisting arrest. However, the Federal Court agreed with Edith Pearce’s argument that Martin had not plead guilty, but rather had plead no contest to the charges. Thus, Pearce argued that his lawsuit is not barred. The Court agreed and dismissed the Reading Police’s Motion to Dismiss.

The Pearce Law Firm is located at 1429 Walnut Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102. For more information about the legal services they provide, interested parties may call (215) 557-8686 or visit the firm’s website athttps://thepearcelawfirm.com.

About The Pearce Law Firm 
Edith Pearce founded The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. in 2002. She began her career as a trial lawyer for an insurance company and later a defense law firm. She has received the highest peer rating through Martindale-Hubbell AV and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer multiple times. Edith is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and she is also a member of Mensa, the international high IQ society.