Judge William C. Pryor is a senior judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals and a revered professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, where he has taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure since 1988.
Judge Pryor was born and raised in Washington, D.C. A 1954 graduate of Dartmouth College and 1959 graduate of Georgetown University Law School, Judge Pryor was admitted to the bar in 1959. He also has a Master of Laws degree from University of Virginia Law School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.
Judge Pryor’s illustrious legal career began at the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and later as an attorney for the Bell Telephone Companies. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Judge Pryor to the District of Columbia Court of General Sessions (now Superior Court) bench.
Judge Pryor was appointed to the D.C. Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He was designated to serve a four year term as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals from 1984 to 1988.
In 2011, Judge Pryor received the Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award is presented to a University of the District of Columbia faculty or staff member who has consistently demonstrated exceptional loyalty and extraordinary commitment, dedication, and service to the advancement of the University and its missions. It is named in honor of Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke, President of the former District of Columbia Teachers College, which merged into UDC in 1977.
Students, alumni and faculty of the UDC School of Law are deeply honored to recognize Judge Pryor at the school’s first-ever Gala for his tireless service to the school and advancement of justice.
- Read the DC Bar Legends in the Law interview with Judge Pryor here.
For more information about the Gala, please contact Mizue Suito, Director of Development, at 202-274-6824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.