From Field to Courts was written to inspire and inform its readers that regardless of the challenging circumstances and adversity in your life, whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve. The book is about how a poor black country boy in the segregated South was inspired by his grandparents and many others to become the first member of his family to graduate from college, finish law school, become an attorney, and be appointed as a judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pinellas and Pasco County. From Field to Courts is a remarkable and galvanizing true story about a person overcoming adversity, learning the value of education, and refusing to accept failure over success.
Judge James V. Pierce of the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida writes of his humble beginnings as the son of a single mother who lived in a three-room house with his siblings and grandparents, while his grandfather worked as a sharecropper in Valdosta, Georgia. But throughout the narrative, Judge Pierce stresses the positive, such as his grandfather's skill as a farmer, and the love his grandmother and grandfather had for one another. He also revisits his college days, when he was a tuba player in Bethune-Cookman College's famed marching band, his years at Stetson University College of Law, and his career as an assistant public defender and as a lawyer before he was appointed County Judge by then Gov. Jeb Bush in 2006.
Judge James V. Pierce was born December 16, 1958, in Valdosta, Georgia. He holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman College, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law. Judge Pierce was appointed to the Pinellas County bench by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2006. As an Assistant Public Defender, Judge Pierce represented numerous defendants charge with murder and other serious crimes. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Pierce represented State Farm Insurance Company and its clients in automobile negligence cases and their insurance related claims. Judge Pierce is currently assigned to the Unified Family Court Division in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida.