Recipient of 2014 Pearce Law Firm Scholarship Announced

August 5, 2015 – 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

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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