Chief Judge Bill Pryor, Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge Bill Pryor

Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

William Holcombe Pryor Jr. was born in April 1962 in Mobile, Alabama. He earned an undergraduate degree from Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) and received a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law. He clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, then entered private practice. He also served as adjunct professor of maritime law at the Cumberland School of Law at Stanford University and is currently a  visiting professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and adjunct professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Stanford University. 

He served as the Attorney General for the State of Alabama. 

He was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. His nomination stalled in the Senate and was withdrawn. He was later nominated again by President Bush and confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 53-45. He received his commission in June 2005. 

He is a Catholic. 

In the News…

A panel of three judges on the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will wait until the Supreme Court rules on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation before making its ruling on a similar law passed in Georgia in 2019. The Supreme Court hearing on that case is scheduled for December 1, but a ruling is not expected until sometime next year. 

Georgia’s law is more restrictive than the one being heard by the Supreme Court. 

The three-judge panel, led by Chief Judge Bill Pryor, heard arguments a week ago on the constitutionality of Georgia’s abortion law which bans the procedure after a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Pryor today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Chief Judge Bill Pryor 
Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 
John C. Godbold Federal Building 
56 Forsyth Street NW 
Atlanta, GA 30303 


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