Richard J. Pierce, Jr.

Portrait of Richard J. Pierce, Jr.
Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Professor Pierce is author of over twenty books and 130 articles on administrative law, government regulation, and the effects of various forms of government intervention on the performance of markets. His books and articles have been cited in hundreds of judicial opinions, including over a dozen opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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BS, Lehigh University; JD, University of Virginia

In the News

"'Lawless Behavior': Legal Experts Say the Supreme Court Acted Out of 'Political Motivations' in Upholding Texas' Abortion Ban"

September 11, 2021

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. is quoted by Business Insider criticizing the Supreme Court majority's reasoning for upholding Texas's new abortion ban. 

"Supreme Court's Abortion Decision Shines Light on 'Shadow Docket'"

September 08, 2021
Richard J. Pierce, Jr. is quoted by CBS News about the Supreme Court's increasing tendency to rule on high profile matters through summary decisions.

"The Powell Doctrine Could Have Helped Us Avoid the Afghanistan Debacle"

August 19, 2021

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. writes for The Hill about how Colin Powell's criteria for military action could have prevented the Afghanistan crisis.

"Cognitive Limits on the Value of Consumer Autonomy"

March 15, 2021

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. writes in The Regulatory Review about the risks of letting consumers choose among options in complicated markets.

"Trump’s EPA Skips Waiting Period for Rules, Making It Harder for Biden to Repeal"

January 13, 2021

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. is quoted by Bloomberg about how Trump's rush to impose regulations will undercut Biden's ability to freeze them.