Hon. William H. Pryor Jr.

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

William H. Pryor Jr. is a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Initially appointed by President George W. Bush during a Senate recess in 2004, Judge Pryor’s appointment was confirmed by the U. S. Senate in 2005.

Judge Pryor served as Attorney General of Alabama from 1997 to 2004.  When first appointed, he was the youngest attorney general in the nation.  He was later elected and reelected to that office in 1998 and 2002.  In his reelection in 2002, Pryor received the highest percentage of votes of any statewide candidate.

Judge Pryor is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the Tulane Law School where he was editor in chief of the Tulane Law Review, a member of Order of the Coif, recipient of the George Dewey Nelson Memorial Award for the graduate with the highest grade point average in the common-law curriculum, and a charter member and President of the Tulane Federalist Society.

After graduation, Judge Pryor served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Following his judicial clerkship, Pryor engaged in a private practice of litigation in Birmingham and, for six years, served as an adjunct professor of admiralty at the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.  Since 2006, Judge Pryor has served each fall semester as a visiting professor of federal jurisdiction at the University of Alabama School of Law.

Judge Pryor is a member of the American Law Institute, the Board of Advisory Editors of the Tulane Law Review, and the Board of Advisory Editors of the Yale Law & Policy Review.  He is a Life Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, a former Vice-President of the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education, and a former Chairman of the Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice Group of the Federalist Society.  In 2002 and 2003, Pryor served as a member of the State and Local Senior Advisory Committee of the White House Office on Homeland Security.  Judge Pryor has been awarded honorary doctorates of law from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta and Regent University in Virginia.

Judge Pryor has lectured and published widely.  He has lectured at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and several law schools and universities.  He has published in the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Yale Law & Policy Review, Tulane Law ReviewAlabama Law Review, Florida Law Review, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, and Cumberland Law Review.  He has published op-eds in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Times, and USA Today.  He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate on capital punishment, environmental law, and the role of the judiciary.  A champion debater in college, Pryor has debated at National Lawyers’ Conventions of the Federalist Society, on National Public Radio, and at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom.

Judge Pryor is married with two children.

  • Northeast Louisiana University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984
  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987

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Publications and Multimedia
Religious Liberty after the USCCR Report - Event Audio/Video
2017 National Student Symposium
March 15, 2017
Justice Scalia on Federalism and Separation of Powers - Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 23, 2016
A Conversation on Judging - Event Audio/Video
2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
February 03, 2016
Overreach in the States - Event Audio/Video
2015 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2015
Criminal Sentencing Reform: A Conversation among Conservatives - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Balancing Privacy and Security - Event Audio/Video
2014 Annual Student Symposium
March 25, 2014
Showcase Panel IV: Textualism and Statutory Interpretation - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 25, 2013
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Organized Labor and the Obama Administration - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
The Unbearable Rightness of Marbury v. Madison: Its Real Lessons and Irrepressible Myths
Engage Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
September 12, 2011
Christian Legal Society vs. Martínez - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2010
The Future of Federal Pre-Emption - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2009
Judicial Independence Dialogue - Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008
Address by William H. Pryor Jr. - Event Audio/Video
The Future of Federalism
September 12, 2008
Religion, Early America and the Fourteenth Amendment - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007
Executive Power in Wartime
Engage Volume 8, Issue 2
May 03, 2007
Judge Pryor Address - Event Audio/Video
2007 Annual Student Symposium
February 24, 2007
Executive Power in Wartime - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2006
Novel Government Lawsuits Against Industries: An Assault on the Rule of Law
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 1999
July 01, 1999
Federalism Revived? The Printz and City of Boerne Decisions
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 1998
May 01, 1998