Tanya Pierce

Associate Professor of Law

Tanya Pierce

“The best communicators make the best lawyers. Great lawyers not only convey information effectively, they also listen carefully.”

Get to Know Tanya Pierce

What drew you to the law?

I’ve always been drawn to helping others. And I love reading, writing and solving puzzles. These characteristics fit naturally with the practice of law. Happily, they also fit well with teaching others to practice law. Plus, I hate blood. So between “doctor or lawyer,” it wasn’t even close.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy getting to know my students and helping them to develop skills that allow them to succeed. I love learning what drives them to come to law school and seeing the passion they bring with them. Lawyers are often portrayed negatively in society, but I’ve found my students and colleagues to be among the most generous people I know.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

Is “everything they need to practice law” too ambitious an answer? I hope my students will learn to identify legal issues effectively, to locate governing standards efficiently, to apply those standards logically and to communicate their analysis clearly. I also hope that students leave my courses feeling more confident that they can do all of these things.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I practiced at large law firms in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. My primary practice areas included complex litigation, insurance coverage and appellate law.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

I am passionate about my family. I have an amazing husband, and we have three smart, funny children. I enjoy traveling and exploring with them.

What are your research interests?

My research focuses on complex litigation issues. Recently I have been exploring various challenges presented in effectively managing aggregate litigation.

Publications

My publications are available on BePress SelectedWorks™.

Presentations

  • “American Pipe Tolling: Assessing Outer Limits and Avoiding Bright Lines,” ASU Legal Scholars Conference, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (March 2015)
  • “Class Action Tolling Issues,” Texas A&M University School of Law, Faculty Colloquium Series (February 2015)
  • “Hot Topics in Legal Writing Curricular Development,” Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, University of Cincinnati School of Law (December 2014)
  • “Cross-Jurisdictional Tolling,” Central State Law Schools Association Annual Scholarship Conference (October 2014)
  • “How Expanded Pretrial Consolidation Can Discourage Duplicative Litigation and Facilitate Global Settlements in Mass Torts,” Southern University Law Center, South Central Association of Law Schools Faculty Exchange Program (March 2014)
  • “Legal Writing Concepts and Issues,” Continuing Legal Education, Texas State Bar Association and Texas A&M University School of Law Alumni Program (November 2013)
  • “Proper Citations in Scholarly Works,” Texas A&M University Law Review (August 2013 and 2014)
  • “Expressly Authorizing Injunctions under the Multidistrict Litigation Statute,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Faculty Colloquium Series (March 2012)
  • “Texas Wesleyan Law Review Energy Symposium,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Panel Moderator (March 2012)
  • “Anti-Injunction Act and Injunctions under the Multidistrict Litigation Statute,” Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Junior Faculty Workshop Series (February 2012)
  • “Grading Papers and Conducting Student Conferences,” Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, Tulsa University School of Law (December 2011)
  • “Reading and Writing Workshop/Road to Law School,” Texas Wesleyan University School of Law & Council on Legal Educational, Office of Admissions (September 2010, 2011 and 2012)

Expertise

  • Complex litigation
  • Civil procedure
  • Legal analysis
  • Legal research
  • Legal writing

Courses

  • Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I
  • Legal Analysis Research & Writing II
  • LARW III: Litigation Drafting
  • Art of Lawyering
  • Civil Procedure

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Associate Professor
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2011- 2013)
  • Associate Professor of Legal Writing
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2009- 2010)
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Writing
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2007-2009)
  • Legal Writing Specialist
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2006-2007)
  • Adjunct Professor of Academic Support
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (Spring 2006-2007)

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington, summa cum laude

Other Professional Activities

Legal Writing Institute

  • Member, Professional Development Committee (2014-16 term)
  • Member, Program and Structures Committee (2010-12)
  • Director, One-Day Workshop, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2012)

American Bar Association Section of International Law

  • Deputy Editor, 2014 International Law Year in Review

American Bar Association

  • Member, Standards and Program Structures Committee (2010-2012)

Tarrant County Bar Association

  • Assistant Editor, Tarrant County Bar Bulletin (2009-2012)