Katie G. Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., graduated cum laude from Duke University and earned her master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. She then attended law school at the University of North Carolina and clerked for the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Dr. Pryal practiced worker’s compensation law while she earned a doctorate in rhetoric, finishing her degree in just four years. After earning her doctorate, she taught rhetoric and law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Pryal left her professorship at UNC Law in 2014 to work in private practice as an author, journalist, consultant, and attorney.
Dr. Pryal has written many books on law and on writing for Oxford University Press, Carolina Academic Press, and Pearson. She has consulted on university reports, United States Supreme Court and federal circuit court briefs, and more.
She is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestselling book Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education, which takes on the challenges of accommodating mental health in higher education, including legal education—and all workplaces.
She has taught many CLE courses on advocacy, writing, and more. She has spoken to many groups about how to make their workplaces better for workers with psychiatric disabilities. Contact her if you would like to bring her to your group.