Pierce Appointed Civil Justice Clinic Supervising Attorney

Kathryn Pierce has been appointed a lecturer in law and the new supervising attorney for the law school’s Civil Justice Clinic.

Kathryn Pierce

“Kathryn is the ideal colleague for Mae Quinn and me, and is a perfect fit to teach in the Civil Justice Clinic’s Youth Advocacy Project,” says Annette Appell, associate dean of clinical affairs and professor of law. “Her LL.M in children’s law and bachelor’s degree in social work combined with her experience in youth advocacy— in both the juvenile justice and child welfare wings of the juvenile court—present the perfect package. She will be invaluable to the students and faculty.”

Founded in 1973, the Civil Justice Clinic is dedicated to the delivery of justice for some of the most vulnerable individuals, youths, and families in the St. Louis metropolitan area and beyond. The clinic is co-directed by Appell and Professor Mae Quinn, who are adding a youth advocacy component this fall.

Most recently, Pierce has been serving as an attorney for the St. Louis City Trial Office of the Missouri State Public Defenders System, where she previously served as an attorney in the St. Louis City Youth Advocacy Unit and as an intern coordinator. Additionally, she has worked as interim co-legal director for Voices for Children (formerly St. Louis City CASA), where she also held the positions of supervising staff attorney and staff attorney. An advocate for the rights of youths, Pierce has extensive experience as an instructor in the Street Law Program in both St. Louis and Chicago and as a supervisor for Voices for Children.

She is the author of “Nowhere to Turn: The Battle of Girls in Care to Exercise Their Reproductive Rights,” which was published in The Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal in fall 2008. Pierce received her LL.M. in child and family law from Loyola University–Chicago School of Law in 2007; her J.D. from theUniversity of Missouri–Columbia School of Law in 2001; and her B.S.W. from the University of Kansas in 1997.