Matthew Pierce



Office: 4301 50th St. - Suite 100
Phone: 202-274-4518
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Professor Pierce teaches courses on public health law and is responsible for developing health law and policy research projects; advising JD and LLM students interested in health law; providing guidance to the student health law organization and publication; and organizing health law conferences and events, including the Summer Health Law & Policy Institute. Professor Pierce came to the Washington College of Law from the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center. His research at UNC focused on evaluating the public health and social justice implications of criminal background screening among employers and universities. He has also researched and written about a variety of other public health law topics, including global and domestic HIV screening policies, the constitutionality of gun scanning technology, the use of zoning laws to prevent obesity, and state prescription monitoring program laws.

In addition to his work as a health law researcher, Professor Pierce worked for three years as a public defender in Baltimore City. During that time, he participated in the development of the Northwest Neighborhood Defender’s Unit, a program that sought to incorporate public health prevention principles into public defense by increasing clients’ access to social support services. Professor Pierce received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Georgetown and a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his BA from Amherst College.





Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude)
  • B.A, Amherst College
  • M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health