Bainbridge-Mims Professor of Law
Areas of Expertise:
Criminal Law And Procedure
White Collar Crime
Professor Pierson received her B.A. degree in 1975 from Austin College and her J.D. in 1978 from Washington University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Pierson served as law clerk to the Honorable Theodore McMillian of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. From 1980 through 1987, Professor Pierson was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. She served in the Criminal Division, specializing in prosecutions of white collar criminal fraud. She established and served as coordinator of the Health Care Fraud Task Force for the Easter District of Missouri. While with the U.S. Department of Justice, Professor Pierson served as an instructor of the appellate advocacy course in the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. Professor Pierson has authored 30 law review articles, 24 bar journal articles, 2 psychology journal articles and seven books including The Business of Being a Lawyer, a casebook on white collar practice, and a hornbook on health care fraud. She has testified before Congress three times, served as a consultant or of counsel to 4 national law firms, and throughout her academic career, has been active in the ABA and Alabama State Bar. She has been recognized with outstanding alumnus awards from her college and law school, and is a recipient of the University of Alabama’s Burnam Award for research excellence, and the University’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award. Professor Pierson has been selected seven times by UA law students as Outstanding Faculty Member.