D. Bruce La Pierre

Professor of Law; Director, Appellate Clinic


A.B., 1969, Princeton University
J.D., 1973, Columbia University

Curriculum Vitae




Andrea Donze - (314) 935-6422

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6477


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 462

Courses Taught 

Appellate Advocacy
Civil Rights
Constitutional Law
Federal Jurisdiction 


Professor D. Bruce La Pierre is a veteran constitutional law professor and experienced appellate advocate. As founder and director of the law school's Appellate Clinic, he supervises student-lawyers who brief and argue cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, based here in St. Louis. In addition to the Appellate Clinic, Professor La Pierre teaches a wide range of substantive law courses both here and abroad. A former Fulbright Fellow, he has taught in Japan, Portugal, Taiwan, and Korea and at the law school's Summer Institute for Global Justice in the Netherlands. His research, scholarship, and writing focus on such matters as campaign finance reform, election law, federalism issues, and school desegregation. The recipient of Washington University's Distinguished Faculty Award, as well as the Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, he served as a Special Master for the St. Louis school desegregation case and argued a Missouri campaign finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also writes amicus curiae briefs in Supreme Court cases on behalf of state and local government organizations.

Representative Publications

Recent Appellate Clinic Cases 

  • Clifton v. Carpenter, 775 F.3d 760 (6th Cir. 2014)
  • Maze v. Lester, 564 Fed. Appx. 172 (6th Cir.), cert. denied, 135 S. Ct. 733 (2014)
  • Walls v. Tadman, 762 F.3d 778 (8th Cir. 2014)
  • Spencer v. Jackson County, 738 F.3d 907 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • Washington v. McQuiggin, 529 Fed. Appx. 766 (6th Cir. 2013)
  • Taylor v. Dormire, 690 F.3d 898 (8th Cir. 2012)
  • Kaden v. Slykhuis, 651 F.3d 966 (8th Cir. 2011)
  • Persechini v. Callaway, 651 F.3d 802 (8th Cir. 2011)