Susan V. Edwards earned her law degree in 1979 from Villanova University on the Main Line in southeastern Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in sociology from Beaver College in 1969. She has additional education in family law, psychology, and mediation. Her experience prior to law school included drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling, counseling delinquent teenage girls and their families, social work and management and organizational assistance on the corporate level.
Acting as an attorney, Ms. Edwards' extensive experience has helped her to be effective at identifying the issues at hand and completing her cases vigorously and ethically. A particular strength is an ability to evaluate a case to determine an expected and reasonable result. She has a special interest in finding creative ways to help divorcing parties negotiate amicable settlements.
In addition to her private law practice, Ms. Edwards has provided voluntary legal services to the Community High School in Philadelphia. She has served the Chester and Philadelphia County courts as a mediator. She also provides private mediation services to resolve disputes of any sort and particularly in traditional family law issues, step-family and elder-care matters. She is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Affiliates serving Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.
Ms. Edwards is Chair of the ACR Family Section of the international Association for Conflict Resolution (click here for more information on the ACR). She is an Advanced Practitioner/Educator Member of that international organization. She is also a member of the Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation sections of the Chester County, Philadelphia County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
She was a consultant to Gayle Rosenwald Smith in her Divorce and Money: Everything You Need to Know, (Penguin Group, 2004).
She has been a columnist for both the Suburban and Wayne Times and the Route 202 Review in southeastern Pennsylvania.
She has been an ethics panelist for the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section's semi-annual conference and has been a frequent presenter for Pennsylvania Bar Institute continuing legal education programs. She has conducted seminars for the Hahnemann (formerly Allegheny) University Family Therapy post-graduate degree programs. She has conducted continuing education programs for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. She teaches negotiation and mediation skills to other professionals.
Ms. Edwards has been honored to be selected as an attorney-partner in Pennsylvania's Project PEACE - a program co-sponsored by Pennsylvania's Attorney General's office and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Project PEACE is designed to reduce conflict by establishing peer mediation in elementary schools throughout the Commonwealth.
As a charter member of MediationWorks (www.mediationworks.ws, 610-725-8061) she has conducted seminars for the public and other professionals and has taught conflict resolution and trained peer mediators in elementary schools. MediationWorks has been appointed by the Chester County Courts to certify the court's custody mediators.