William H. Pryor

Hon. William H. Pryor, Jr.

Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Judge William H. Pryor Jr. serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In 201318, he served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission and, in 201718, served as Acting Chair.

Judge Pryor teaches as a visiting professor at the University of Alabama School of Law. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.

Pryor served as Attorney General of Alabama from 1997 to 2004. When he first took office, he was the youngest attorney general in the nation. In his reelection, he received the highest percentage of votes of any statewide candidate.

Judge Pryor graduated magna cum laude from Tulane Law School where he finished first in the common-law curriculum and was editor in chief of the Tulane Law Review. He served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Judge Pryor is a member of The American Law Institute and an Adviser for the Restatement of the Law Third, Conflict of Laws. He is a co-author with Bryan Garner, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and several other judges of a treatise, The Law of Judicial Precedent. He has published in many law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Yale Law & Policy Review, and Tulane Law Review. He has published op-eds in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Review, and USA Today. He has debated at National Lawyers’ Conventions of the Federalist Society (including on National Public Radio) and at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom. And he is listed among several “widely admired judicial writers” in Bryan Garner’s The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style, and has been recognized for “exemplary legal writing” in the Green Bag Almanac and Reader.

Judge Pryor is a member of the Tulane Law School Hall of Fame and has received the Jurist of the Year Award from the Texas Review of Law & Politics and the St. Thomas More Award from the Atlanta chapter of the St. Thomas More Society.

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