Mary L. Perry

Legal Writing and Analysis

Lecturer in Law; Director, Externships


B.A., 1982, Fontbonne College 
M.S., 1983, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
J.D., 1991, Washington University School of Law


Mary Perry is a lecturer in law and director of the Semester-in-Practice Externship and director of the Lawyering Practice Externship. Mary teaches courses in federal jurisdiction, remedies and an advanced writing course—Practical Legal Writing & Analysis for Litigators.

Perry has clerked for the Honorable George F. Gunn, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and as a research attorney for the California Court of Appeal, 1st District, before going into private practice in California. Upon returning to St. Louis, she concentrated on appellate work, joining 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 Company v. Sorrell. A member of the Missouri and California Bars, Mary holds a M.S. in Mathematics and worked as a scientific programmer for McDonnell-Douglas Corporation before earning her J.D. at Washington University School of Law.