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11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Pryor Featured Speaker at University of Mobile 2012 Constitution Day

The University of Mobile Departments of History and Political Science will host the 2012 Constitution Day program featuring 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William H. Pryor Jr.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. in Ram Hall on the university’s campus, 5735 College Pkwy.

Judge Pryor will make opening remarks and then field questions. Nationally syndicated columnist and UMobile writer-in-residence Quin Hillyer will serve as moderator for the event. For more information, call 251.442.2319.

The Constitution Day event celebrates the 225th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention. Hillyer said the event is important because, “Young Americans who value their freedom should understand that without the (constitutional) convention's work, that freedom would long ago have been trampled by oppressive government."


In addition to serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Pryor teaches law classes at the University of Alabama.

Initially appointed by President George W. Bush during a Senate recess in 2004, Pryor’s appointment was confirmed by the U. S. Senate in 2005. Pryor served as Attorney General of Alabama from 1997 to 2004. When first appointed, he was the youngest attorney general in the nation. He was later elected and reelected to that office in 1998 and 2002. In his reelection in 2002, Pryor received the highest percentage of votes of any statewide candidate.

Pryor has lectured and published widely. He has lectured at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and several law schools and universities. He has published in the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Yale Law & Policy Review, Tulane Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Florida Law Review, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, and Cumberland Law Review.

He has published op-eds in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Times, and USA Today. He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate on capital punishment, environmental law, and the role of the judiciary. A champion debater in college, Pryor has debated at National Lawyers’ Conventions of the Federalist Society, on National Public Radio, and at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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