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 May 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 Eastern 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 published thirty law review articles, twenty-five bar journal articles, and five books, all generally in the area of white collar crime and health care fraud. She has testified before the United States Congress three times, and is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and to national newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Professor Pierson is a previous recipient of UA’s annual Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, UA’s annual award for scholarship, the Burnum Award, and a six-time recipient of the SBA’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award. Professor Pierson has been awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award by her college and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award by her law school.