John K. Pierre

John K. Pierre was named Chancellor of the Southern University Law Center in mid-May 2016, becoming the seventh individual to head the institution. The Southern University Board of Supervisors approved the appointment at its March 18, 2016 board meeting. Prior to that, Pierre served as interim chancellor of the Law Center since July 1, 2015, following Chancellor Freddie Pitcher, Jr., who served as SULC head for more than 12 years.

Pierre has been on the law faculty of the Southern University Law Center since 1990. He was promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor for Special Projects in 2003 and to Vice Chancellor of Institutional Accountability and Evening Division, on October 1, 2006. Additionally, he teaches commercial law, tax law, contracts, and property.

For seven years, Professor Pierre was involved in the Baton Rouge school desegregation case as co-counsel for the Baton Rouge Branch of the NAACP in Davis v. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. He was also co-counsel in the landmark case of McWaters v. Fema.

Pierre is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, and the Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.

He has previous teaching experience as a visiting and adjunct professor at California State University, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Loyola University Law School, Southern University College of Business, Saint Leo’s College, Webster University, and Northwestern State University.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern University A&M College in 1980, a master’s degree in tax accounting from Texas Tech University in 1982, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, in 1985.

Pierre has published numerous articles on tax law, sales and contracts, real estate and commercial law, ranging from magazine features and legal journal and law review articles.