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Pierre Bergeron

Lively Professor of Government & Law • Pre-Law Advisor

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BA: Centre College
JD: University of Virginia School of Law


Judge Pierre Bergeron serves as a judge on Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals. Elected to the bench in 2018 after a career as one of the leading appellate lawyers in the region, Bergeron’s colleagues elected him as Administrative Judge for 2021. In that role, he led various court modernization and transparency projects to improve operations. Relatedly, his work promoting collection of data as part of criminal justice reform has attracted national attention. He published an article on the topic in The Atlantic magazine and was interviewed on NPR. Also, the Ohio Supreme Court appointed him to the Wrongful Conviction Task Force, which explored ways to ensure that innocent people are not wrongfully incarcerated. Bergeron also served as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court. Bergeron began his career clerking for the Honorable David A. Nelson on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then joined the international firm of Squire Patton Boggs, eventually chairing its Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group. Bergeron argued in federal and state appellate courts across the nation and was one of only a few lawyers in Ohio who have argued more than once before the United States Supreme Court. Bergeron has published extensively in legal journals and law-related publications across the country. He remains active in various bar associations and is committed to finding creative ways to improve our legal system and profession.