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Judge James Pierce to Share Journey “From Fields to Courts” at I Love B-CU Day



Judge James V. Pierce is an acting Circuit Court Judge in the Unified Family Court Division for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pasco and Pinellas County where he presides over cases involving juveniles, child abuse, adoptions, divorces, child custody and guardianships. Pierce is a proud B-CU alumnus of the class of 1980 whose commitment to service was spurred by his involvement in activities while a student that led to his becoming an attorney and later being appointed as a judge.

Among his accomplishments, Pierce was appointed to serve as a Pinellas County Judge in 2006 by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He organized Florida’s first Homeless Court sessions in an effort to prevent minor criminal cases from standing in the way of defendants’ efforts to emerge from homelessness in 2010. Targeting male juvenile delinquents, he established the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s first Build Optimal Youth Success (B.O.Y.S.) Court in 2016 focused on character development, mentoring, community service, tutoring and academic enrichment. Pierce has also been recognized on numerous occasions, including the FreshStart Innovative Mentorship Beacon of Light Award, John U. Bird Award from Clearwater Bar Association and many others.

Pierce will return to Bethune-Cookman University at “I Love B-CU Day” on Friday, September 7, 2018, to share with students and promote his memoir, “From Fields to Courts.” Pierce will donate 25 percent of earnings from the book to the student body for scholarships. 

I Love B-CU Day is a university-wide event that will be filled with school spirit, music, fun and an appreciation for our beloved University.

Written By: Aminata Seye

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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