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Judge Pryor (L ’87) Named to U.S. Sentencing Commission

June 07, 2013

The Honorable William H. Pryor, Jr. (L '87), a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, has been unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission.

As one of seven members of the Commission, Judge Pryor will help steer federal policy on criminal sentencing. The U.S. Sentencing Commission is an independent agency established by Congress in 1984. In addition to authoring the federal sentencing guidelines, the Commission advises Congress and the executive branch on matters of crime and sentencing policy. Nominated by President Obama in April, Judge Pryor will serve on the Commission through October 2017.

Judge Pryor, a judge on the Eleventh Circuit since 2004, is widely recognized for his leadership in criminal sentencing reform. As Attorney General of Alabama from 1997 to 2004, Judge Pryor led a successful effort to establish the Alabama Sentencing Commission.

"The Sentencing Commission will benefit greatly from Judge Pryor’s leadership in this field," said Dean David Meyer. "He has long distinguished himself as a thoughtful and effective advocate for criminal justice reform at both the state and federal level and will bring enormous insight to the work of the Commission."

Judge Pryor graduated in 1987 from Tulane Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Law Review and founded the Tulane chapter of the Federalist Society. After law school, Judge Pryor served as a law clerk to the legendary Judge John Minor Wisdom (L '29) on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced law in Alabama for seven years before being appointed Deputy Attorney General of Alabama in 1995.


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