Assistant Dean Marc Pearce

Marc W. Pearce Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Administration


Effective August 9, 2021, Assistant Dean Marc Pearce was named Interim Associate to the Chancellor for Institutional Equity and Compliance. Dean Pearce will be away from the College of Law for the 2021-2022 academic year. 


Marc Pearce is a 1999 graduate of the College of Law. He also earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nebraska in 2008. Prior to joining the College of Law's Administrative Team in 2014, Dr. Pearce served as law clerk to the Honorable Warren K. Urbom, Senior United States District Court Judge, for nearly fourteen years. 

Dr. Pearce also served as an adjunct instructor (legal writing) at the College of Law for four years, and he has several years of experience teaching undergraduate psychology and litigation courses at the University of Nebraska and other institutions.

Dr. Pearce maintains a close affiliation with the University of Nebraska Department of Psychology, and he engages in research projects with colleagues around the country.  He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, the Lincoln Bar Association, and the American Psychological Association.


First Year Skills Course
This voluntary course is open to all first year law students. There are no tuition or registration requirements, and the course is not offered for credit. The course is designed to develop students' outlining and note taking skills, test the effectiveness of their study habits, and provide opportunities to practice and assess essay writing skills such as issue spotting, rule synthesis, legal analysis, and organization.

Criminal Law 508/G
Substantive criminal law, focusing on the theoretical foundations, general principles and doctrines that govern the rules of liability and defenses, both in the common law tradition and under the Model Penal Code.


Can Prosecutors Knowingly Use False Testimony at Trial?,  Monitor on Psychology, (2017) (with Brown)

When the Regulation of Psychology Conflicts with Free Speech,  Monitor on Psychology, (2017) (with Riley)

Supreme Court to Consider Racism in Jury Deliberations,  Monitor on Psychology, (2016) (with Martinez)

No Remedy for Dubious Insanity Commitment: A New Court Decision Seeks to Strike a Balance Between One Person’s Civil Rights and the Need to Protect Government Officials Acting in Good Faith from Lawsuits,  Monitor on Psychology, (2016)

Supreme Court to Look at Child-Abuse Reporting Laws,  Monitor on Psychology, (2015) (with Smith)

Can Statistics Alone Prove Discrimination?,  Monitor on Psychology, (2015) (with Dellapaolera)

Can Evidence from a Court-ordered Psychological Exam Be Used at Trial?,  Monitor on Psychology, (2014)

Are "Extreme Consumption Games" Drinking Games? Sometimes It's a Matter of Perspective,  39 American J. of Drug & Alcohol Abuse 275 (2013) (with Zamboanga, Kenney, Ham, Woods, Bosari)

When HIPAA and FERPA Apply to University Training Clinics,  51 Training & Education in Professional Psychol. 48 (2011) (with Wise, King, Miller)

Nondrinking Adolescents' Intentions to Drink as Adults: This Might Be an Indication of Following Rules,  49 J. of Adolescent Health 108 (2011) (with Zamboanga, Ham, Van Tyne, Pole)

Civilly Committing Criminals: An Analysis of the Expressive Function of Nebraska's "Dangerous Sex Offender" Commitment Procedure,  85 Neb. L. Rev. 575 (2007)

Dangerousness, Risk Assessment, & Capital Sentencing,  10 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 471 (2004) (with Claussen-Schulz, Schopp)

Expert Testimony & Professional Judgment: Psychological Expertise & Commitment as a Sexual Predator After Hendricks  5 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 120 (1999) (with Schopp, Scalora)

Expert Testimony & Sexual Predator Statutes After Hendricks  6 Expert Evid. 1 (1998) (with Schopp, Scalora)


Book Chapters

Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony, in Trial Consulting: A Psychological Handbook 137 (Wiener & Bornstein eds., 2011)

Judge Gossett's Nebraska Evidence Handbook (2010) (with Gossett) (updated annually)


An Exotic Case of Practicing Psychology Without a License,  APA Monitor, December 2013, at 26

Are Clinicians Responsible for Clients' Self-inflicted Injuries?,  APA Monitor, July/August 2013, at 26

Insanity in the State of Idaho,  APA Monitor, February 2013, at 28 (with Butts)

Suspect Identifications and Due Process,  APA Monitor, October 2012, at 26 (with Wise & Holfeld)

The End of Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Admissions?,  APA Monitor, July/August 2012, at 22

The Banning of Alcoholic Energy Drinks,  APA Monitor, February 2012, at 28 (with Zamboanga & Van Tyne)

The Defense of Marriage Act and Equal Protection Rights,  APA Monitor, July 2011, at 26 (with Ingrams)

Working with Child Clients: Who's Really the Boss?,  Nebraska Lawyer, May 2011, at 13 (with Korslund)

Mandatory Cheers for an Accused Rapist?,  APA Monitor, February 2011, at 20 (with Keller)

Can Jurors' Religious Biases Affect Verdicts in Criminal Trials?,  APA Monitor, July/August 2010, at 26 (with Schwartz)

Can the Government Civilly Commit Sex Offenders?,  APA Monitor, January 2010, at 32 (with Skovran)

Is a Jury of Six Functionally Equivalent to a Jury of Twelve?,  APA Monitor, July/August 2009, at 32 (with Wingrove)


Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008
J.D., with high distinction, University of Nebraska College of Law, 1999
M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1999
B.A., magna cum laude, Southwestern University, 1995

Areas of Expertise