About Katie Guest Pryal’s Speaking
Katie Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., delivers talks, CLEs, and workshops at law firms, law schools, organizations, non-profits, businesses, and professional conferences in her areas of expertise, which include the following:
- legal writing,
- mental health,
- legal education,
- success in the legal workplace,
Below is a selection of talks she has delivered across the country. Send an email if you are interested in hiring Dr. Pryal to lead a workshop with or deliver a talk to your organization.
Mar. 11, 2016 | “Three Strategies to Help New Legal Writers Excel in the Workplace.” Talk delivered at the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD. Co-presenter: Professor Alexa Z. Chew.
Feb. 12, 2016 | “Writing Through the Transition: Helping New Legal Writers Excel in the Workplace.” Talk delivered at the University of North Carolina School of Law Festival of Legal Learning. Co-presenter: Professor Alexa Z. Chew.
Dec. 4, 2015 | “Give Feedback Like a Legal Supervisor: Strategies to Teach Professionalism.” Talk delivered at the LWI One-Day Workshop, New Orleans, LA. Co-presenter: Professor Alexa Z. Chew.
Sept. 25, 2015 | “Write, Cite, and Invite: Three Strategies for Efficient Adaptation to the Evolving Legal Profession.” Talk delivered at the Central States Legal Writing Conference, St. Louis, MO. Co-presenter: Professor Alexa Z. Chew.
March 6, 2015 | “Implementing Genre Discovery in Your Legal Writing Classroom.” Talk delivered at the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, Williamsburg, VA.
Feb. 13, 2015 | “Bridging the Gap Between Law School and Law Practice.” Talk delivered at the UNC Law Festival of Legal Learning (a continuing legal education program). Co-presenter Professor Alexa Z. Chew of UNC Law. Talk based on research findings of the New Legal Writers Survey.
Oct. 10, 2014 | “Heller’s Scapegoats: Psychiatric Disability, Gun Control, and Civil Commitment in the Era of Spree Killings.” Talk delivered at the North Carolina Law Review Symposium: Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Justice System. Served as Symposium Faculty Co-Chair with Professor Tamar Birckhead of UNC Law. An article based on this talk is forthcoming in the North Carolina Law Review.
June 2014 | “The Genre Discovery Approach: Teaching Law Students How to Write Any Legal Document.” Talk delivered at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Philadelphia, PA. [View Slides] [View Write-Up]
May 2014 | “Between Civil Rights and Individual Rights: Pragmatism, Individualism, and the Rhetorics of Affirmative Action.” Talk delivered at the Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, San Antonio, TX. Panel Organizer: The Borders of Law and Rhetoric.
April 2014 | “Authority Lost: The DSM-5’s Fall From Legal Grace.” Keynote talk delivered at the second annual Composing Disability conference at George Washington University, Washington, DC. [View Slides]
April 2014 | Invitee to and guest of the Colloquium on Rhetoric and Law at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Keynote Guest: Professor Stanley Fish.
May 10, 2013 | “Polished Writing for Paralegals.” Keynote talk delivered at the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Annual Meeting in Greensboro, NC. (Co-Presenter Clinical Assistant Professor Kaci Bishop of UNC Law.)
March 2013 | “Rhetorical Genre Theory for Legal Writing Pedagogy.” Work-in-progress paper presented at the Law and Rhetoric Colloquium hosted by Stetson University College of Law.
Dec. 2012 | “Writing Professionally is Writing Ethically.” Talk delivered at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC.
May 18, 2012 | “Core Grammar for Paralegals.” Keynote talk delivered at the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Annual Meeting in Greensboro, NC.
March 2012 | “Discovering Law Through Genres.” Talk delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO. Featured Panel Co-Organizer: “Genres in Transition.”
March 2012 | “Using Technology in Law School to Win the ‘War Against Grammar.'” Talk delivered at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Conference, Durham, NC (Co-Presenter Professor Ruth Ann McKinney of UNC Law).
Feb. 10, 2012 | “Invention Strategies to Beat Legal Writer’s Block.” Talk delivered at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
Feb. 11, 2011 | “The Present State of the War Against Grammar.” Talk delivered at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC. (Co-Presenter Professor Ruth Ann McKinney of UNC Law.)
Sept. 2010 | “The Dangers of Unfair Prejudice: Enargeia, the Rules of Evidence, and Ethical Persuasion.” Paper presented at the Colloquium on Persuasion and Argumentation, Colloque international organisé par le CRAL à l’EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), 105 Bd. Raspail, 75006 Paris. Recipient of the UNC Center for Global Initiatives International Conference Travel Grant to present at the colloquium.
Sept. 22, 2010 | “Conquering Commas Once and For All.” Talk delivered at UNC Law on behalf of the Writing and Learning Resources Center.
May 2009 | “Teaching Legal Writing with Sand in our Shoes: The Potential of Podcasting.” Co-Presenter Clinical Professor Ruth Ann McKinney of UNC Law. Presented at the North and South Carolina Legal Research and Writing Colloquium, Greensboro, NC.
Oct. 2008 | “The Art and Ethics of Persuasion.” Workshop conducted on legal writing and rhetoric at the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, Kitty Hawk, NC (Co-Presenter Associate Professor Jordynn Jack of UNC English).
May 2008 | “‘I Need to Live, Too’: The Unethical Rhetoric of Criminal Defense in American Legal Culture.” Paper presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Seattle, WA. An article based on this talk was later published: “Walking in Another’s Skin: Failure of Empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird,” in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: New Essays 174-89 (Michael Meyer ed., Scarecrow 2010) [download].
March 1, 2008 | “Rhetoric, Writing, and Law at UNC.” Presentation to admitted students at the University of North Carolina Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Feb. 2, 2008 | “Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before Going to Law School.” Workshops on succeeding in law school for the UNC Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. Also delivered to the UNCG Legal Professions Association (Oct. 26, 2006 and Feb. 22, 2006).
Dec. 2007 | “‘Pleadings All in Print’: The Function of Legal Discourse and Interpretation in Robert Browning’s The Ring and the Book.” Paper presented at the Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL. Recipient of the Modern Language Association Travel Grant to present at the 2007 Annual MLA Convention.
Dec. 2007 | Panel Respondent: “Bound to Respect”: Surviving Dred Scott—An Attorney’s Perspective. Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL. Recipient of the Modern Language Association Travel Grant to present at the 2007 Annual MLA Convention.
Oct. 19, 2007 | “Invention and Style: Using Writing Strategies to Develop Ideas and Eloquence in Writing.” Workshop conducted on legal writing and rhetoric for appellate defenders at the UNC Institute of Government (Co-Presenter Associate Professor Jordynn Jack of UNC English).
July 2007 | Instructor for North Carolina Road to Law School Program. Taught one-week Criminal Law seminar for North Carolina pre-law college students, hosted on the campus of UNCG.
Jan. 29, 2006 | Instructor for UNC Law First Year Negotiation Skills Training. Taught negotiation skills to first year law students.