Law school names Perry new assistant dean for adjunct faculty

Kent D. Syverud, J.D., dean of the School of Law and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor, named Mary L. Perry, J.D., to the new position of assistant dean for adjunct faculty.

Mary Perry

Perry and Daniel L. Keating, J.D., vice dean and the Tyrrell Williams Professor of Law, are responsible for the oversight of adjunct professors. Perry also will serve as a lecturer in law, as an administrative liaison for visiting faculty members and will be in charge of the law school’s Summer School Program.

During the 2006-07 academic year, Perry served as an adjunct professor at the law school, teaching Practical Legal Writing & Analysis for Litigators. As a lecturer in law, she will continue to teach this course each semester. She previously taught the fundamentals of research and writing as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

After receiving a law degree from Washington University in 1991, Perry clerked for the Honorable George F. Gunn Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and then for the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

She next worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. Perry also was a research attorney for the California Court of Appeal and was in private practice in California.

Upon returning to St. Louis, she concentrated on appellate work, including most recently for the St. Louis law firm of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton. While at the firm, Perry argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of an injured railroad worker in Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Sorrell.