Scholarship Awarded – Empowering Women in Law

July 13, 2015 – 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 at

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.

Prominent Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer Edith Pearce Announces Speaking Engagement at 15th Annual Personal Injury Potpourri

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

Edith Pearce, a premier Philadelphia personal injury lawyer and one of Newsweek magazine’s top 20 leaders in law, is pleased to announce a prominent speaking engagement at the 15th Annual Personal Injury Potpourri, a leading symposium and continuing legal education (CLE) event. The program is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. April 16, 2013 on the 6th floor of PA Convention Center located at Two Logan Square in the heart of Philadelphia.

Produced in cooperation with The Legal Intelligence and The Dispute Resolution Institute, the Potpourri not only offers six CLE credits for the price of 3, but also offers a chance to network with some of the most seasoned, respected, and successful personal injury attorneys in the field. Pearce, an attorney who has secured her clients multiple millions of dollars in compensation, has earned numerous accolades from a host of magazines, peers and legal societies for her hard-nosed, innovative and successful legal approaches as a personal injury attorney. Philadelphia is home to The Pearce Law Firm.

“To be able to speak at this CLE event is an honor I don’t take lightly,” said Pearce. “Some of the finest legal minds in the area are expected to attend. For me to be chosen among them as one of the key speakers is a great accomplishment as a personal injury attorney. Philadelphia is home to many great lawyers. I look forward to meeting new faces, reuniting with familiar friends, and staying on the cutting edge of personal injury litigation with this important continuing legal education. The more we know, the better attorneys we become.”

The Philadelphia personal injury lawyer also values the opportunity to gain more knowledge and share some of her experience with others. April’s CLE event expects to carry on the educational significance of the past 14 such symposiums. For those in the legal field looking to become a more informed personal injury attorney, Philadelphia offers that chance April 16th.

To contact Edith Pearce at The Pearce Law Firm, call (217) 557-8686 or visit Pearce and her associates can also be reached at their office at 1429 Walnut St., 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19102.

About Edith A. Pearce:
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 Super Lawyers, and she is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She is also a member of Mensa, the international high IQ society.