Judge Pryor received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe) and J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University. While in law school, Judge Pryor was editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After law school, he clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following his clerkship, Judge Pryor worked with the Birmingham law firms of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal and Walston, Stabler, Wells, Anderson & Bains before becoming a Deputy Attorney General in 1995. He was the Attorney General of Alabama from 1997 to 2004. In 2004 he was appointed to the bench for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and in 2013, he was appointed to the United States Sentencing Commission. Judge Pryor teaches a seminar on interpreting legal texts.