William H. Pryor Jr., a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, will speak at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law on Jan. 24. The presentation is titled “The Unbearable Rightness of Marbury v. Madison: Its Real Lessons and Irrepressible Myths,” and will be held in the Moot Court Room at noon. The event is free and open to the public.
In 2004, Pryor was appointed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to his appointment, he served as attorney general of Alabama from 1997 to 2004. From 1995 to 1997 he served as a deputy attorney general of Alabama. In private practice, he worked with the Birmingham law firms of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas and O’Neal; and Walston, Stabler, Wells, Anderson and Bains. He clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In law school, Pryor was editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review at Tulane University, where he received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude. Pryor earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Northeast Louisiana University, which is now the University of Louisiana at Monroe.