Professor Peters is the Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law and has taught at MU since 1986. He teaches Education Reform Law. Health Law and Torts. His current research interest is the identification of educational reforms with greatest potential to reduced achievement disparities.
Professor Peters graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1972, received a Rotary Fellowship for advanced study at the University of Edinburgh, and went to law school at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1976.
He began his career as a civil rights lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and then spent several years in private practice before joining the MU faculty. He has been elected to the American Law Institute, a highly respected academy of lawyers, judges and scholars.
In the community, Professor Peters took a two year leave of absence from the School of Law to be the Executive Director of First Chance for Children, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing educational disparities by improving the start that low-income children get before they enter kindergarten. He served on the board of First Chance for Children both before and after he served as Executive Director. Professor Peters also served for many years as a member of the board of the Family Health Center, a clinic whose doors are open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.