George A. B. Peirce
Culverhouse Distinguished Practitioner in Residence
B.S. United States Military Academy
J.D. Harvard Law School
M.S. National Intelligence University
Courses: Civil Procedure, Constitutional and National Security Law Seminar on the Powers of War and Peace, the Federal Courts and the Federal System, International Law, International Security Law and Policy, and Trial Advocacy
George Peirce joined the faculty at Stetson University College of Law in January 2017 after over 36 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors. He is Stetson’s Culverhouse Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and teaches courses in civil procedure, the constitutional law of national security, federal courts, international law and policy, and trial advocacy.
Before joining the faculty, Professor Peirce served for more than 12 years as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s General Counsel. He and his staff provided advice and representation on all legal matters affecting DIA’s worldwide intelligence mission during global counterterrorism and other intelligence operations. While at DIA, he taught a national security law seminar as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School.
Before coming to DIA, Professor Peirce served for eight years in the Justice Department’s
Environment and Natural Resources Division, where he brought civil enforcement actions against polluters of our land, air and water resources, resulting in recoveries for the United States valued at over $260 million.
As an Army Reserve Colonel, he volunteered for active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and served for a year as the Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for U.S. Joint Forces Command. He and his colleagues advised the command on the many novel legal issues raised by initial combat operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Earlier in his career, Professor Peirce was an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, where he focused on litigation, international law, and ethics. He began his legal career as an Army judge advocate, with assignments that included criminal prosecution with the 1st Infantry Division, duty at a strategic intelligence outpost in Turkey, and service at the Pentagon with the Army’s International Affairs Division and the Army General Counsel’s Office, where he dealt with the legal and policy ramifications of the Iran-Contra Affair.
Before leaving active duty for the Army Reserve, Professor Peirce also served on the International Law faculty at the Army JAG School. His later overseas service in the Army Reserve included duty in Panama, Germany and in Belgium at the headquarters of the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
Professor Peirce received his B.S. degree from West Point in 1974 as a Distinguished Cadet, his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1979, and his M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in 2014. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He has published articles on international law involving arms control, the law of war, and the law of the sea, and has given presentations on intelligence law, leadership and ethics at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, the National Defense University, the Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the University of South Florida and the University of Oxford.
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