Katie Rose Guest Pryal

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  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2007)
  • J.D., Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003)
  • M.A., Nonfiction Writing, Johns Hopkins University (2000)
  • A.B., English and French (cum laude), Duke University (1997)

Katie Rose Guest Pryal practices law and is a freelance writer and columnist since 2015. Previously, she was a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law, specializing in legal writing and rhetoric. Prior to coming to UNC Law, Professor Pryal taught as full-time faculty in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she specialized in legal rhetoric and professional writing.

Professor Pryal earned her AB from Duke University (cum laude) and her Master's Degree in Nonfiction Writing from Johns Hopkins University, where she attended on a fellowship. She graduated from UNC School of Law in 2003 and then clerked for Chief Judge Terrence Boyle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. After her clerkship, she earned her Doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she also attended on a fellowship.

Professor Pryal frequently leads Continuing Legal Education seminars on legal writing and rhetoric and presents at professional conferences around the U.S. Her main areas of research include legal writing and rhetoric; genre theory; disability studies; and affirmative action. She is the author of A Short Guide to Writing About Law (Pearson 2010); Core Grammar for Lawyers (Carolina Academic Press 2011); Core Grammar for College (Carolina Academic Press 2013); and How Writing Works (Oxford University Press 2014); The Complete Legal Writer, co-authored with Alexa Chew (Carolina Academic Press 2016).

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Selected Publications

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  • CORE GRAMMAR FOR COLLEGE (Carolina Academic Press, 2013). [Document Link]
  • Reframing Sanity: Scapegoating the Mentally Ill in the Case of Jared Loughner, in RE/FRAMING IDENTIFICATIONS 159 (Michelle Baliff, ed.) (Waveland Press, 2013). [SSRN]
  • The Genre Discovery Approach: Preparing Law Students to Write Any Legal Document, 59 WAYNE L. REV. 351 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN]
  • Hollywood's White Legal Heroes and the Legacy of Slave Codes, in AFTERIMAGES OF SLAVERY: ESSAYS ON APPERANCES IN RECENT AMERICAN FILMS, LITERATURE, TELEVISION AND OTHER MEDIA 145 (M. Allen and S. D. Williams, eds.) (McFarland Press, 2012). [SSRN PS374.S58 A38 2012]
  • The Rhetoric of Sissy-Slogans: How Denigrating the Feminine Perpetuates the Terror Wars, 15 J. GENDER RACE & JUSTICE 503 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • CORE GRAMMAR FOR LAWYERS (Carolina Academic Press, 2011). [Document Link]
  • The Creativity Mystique and the Rhetoric of Mood Disorders, 31:3 DISABILITY STUD. Q. (2011). [SSRN, Document Link]
  • A SHORT GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT LAW (Pearson Education, 2010). [SSRN KF250 .P79 2011]
  • The Genre of the Mood Memoir and the Ethos of Psychiatric Disability, 40 RHETORIC SOC'Y Q. 479 (2010). [SSRN]
  • Walking in Another's Skin: Failure of Empathy in To Kill A Mockingbird, in HARPER LEE'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: NEW ESSAYS 174 (ed. Michael Meyer, Scarecrow Press of Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, 2010). [SSRN PS3562.E353 T63375]
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