W. Allen Separk Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., 1969, J.D., 1972, Yale University
- Location: Room TBA
- Phone Number: 865-974-8515
- Email: email@example.com
- Courses Taught: Business Associations, Legal Profession, Professional Responsibility
Professor Pierce's primary academic interests relate to corporate law and the regulation of the legal profession. He is also the College of Law's legal historian. Professor Pierce came to UT shortly after receiving the J.D. degree in 1972 and served as assistant dean from 1972 until 1974. While at UT he has been a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard University for a year and a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis for a year. Professor Pierce received the Carden Award for Outstanding Institutional Service in 1993 and 1999. In 1997 he was awarded the Bass Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar and the Tennessee Bar Association President's Award for Outstanding Service, and was again awarded the Bass Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar in 2002. Professor Pierce currently serves as chairperson of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Contract Appeals and as the Reporter for the Tennessee Bar Association's Standing Committee for Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He previously served as the Reporter for the Tennessee Bar Association Committee for the Study of Standards of Professional (1995-2002) and as the Associate Reporter for the American Bar Association Commission on the Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics 2000 Commission) (1997-2002).
After serving as interim director of UT's Howard Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy for a year, he was named director in 2010
Books & Chapters
The Tennessee Supreme Court and the Struggle for Independence, Accountability, and Modernization 1974-1998, in J. Ely ed., A History of the Tennessee Supreme Court, 270-326 (University of Tennessee Press, 2002).
Bar Associations, in K. Hall ed., The Oxford Companion to American Law, (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Bar Examination, in K. Hall ed., The Oxford Companion to American Law, (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Variations on a Basic Theme: Revisiting the ABA's Revision of Model Rule 4.2, Part III, 70 Tenn. L. Rev. 643 (2003).
Variations on a Basic Theme: Revisiting the ABA's Revision of Model Rule 4.2, Part II, 70 Tenn. L. Rev. 321 (2003).
Variations on a Basic Theme: Revisiting the ABA's Revision of Model Rule 4.2, Part I, 70 Tenn. L. Rev. 121 (2002)
Ethics 2000 and the Transactional Practitioner, 3 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 8 (2002).
Ethics 2000: What That Means for Business Lawyers - The Provisions, 12 Bus. Lawyer Today 48 (2002).
C. Pierce & L. Pera, Your Ethics Roadmap, 38 Tenn. B. J. 14 (2002).
Pierce & L. Zelon, Pro Bono Services, 87 A.B.A.J. 64 (May 2001).
ABA Model Rule 2.2: Once Applauded and Widely Adopted, Then Criticized, Ignored or Evaded, Now Sentenced to Death With Few Mourners, But Not in Tennessee, 2 Tenn. J. Bus. Law. 9 (Fall, 2000)
Co-author with L. Pera, Time for a Change? The Proposed Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct, Part 1, 34 Tn Bar. J. 23 (March/April 1998).
Co-author with L. Pera, Updating Ethics? The Proposed Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct, Part 2, 34 Tn Bar. J. 25 (May/June 1998).
Confidentiality, Privilege and the Representation of Organizational Clients, Alumni Headnotes (Spring 1996).
Negotiating and Rendering Legal Opinions or Factual Confirmations to Third Parties on Behalf of Your Client, Alumni Headnotes (Fall 1995).
The Professional Responsibilities of Corporate Counsel in Transactional Practice, Alumni Headnotes (Summer 1995).
The Code of Professional Responsibility in the Corporate World: An Abdication of Professional Self-Regulation, 6 U. Mich. J. L. Ref. 350 (1973).
A Vacancy on the Supreme Court: The Politics of Judicial Appointment 1893-94, 39 Tenn. L. Rev. 555 (1972).
J. Johnson, American Legal Culture 1908-1940, 27 Am. J. Legal Hist. 310 (1983).
Review Essay, 42 Tenn. L. Rev. 615 (1975)(review of Friedman, A History of American Law and Schwartz, The Law in America).
Just Judges or Vindictive Victors: The War Crimes Trial of Captain Henry Wirz, 1865, UT College of Law Alumni Headnotes (Spring 1991).
Blood for Blood: The Anti-Gallows Movement in America, 1840-1850, UT College of Law Forum (October 1989).
A Great Book of the Law: Blackstone’s Commentaries, Four Volumes, 1765-1769, UT College of Law Forum (March 1989).
Extracting Confessions in Colonial New England, UT College of Law Forum (November 1988).
Slavery and the Equality of Men--A Legal Puzzle, UT College of Law Forum (October 1988).