About the Authors

ChewAlexa Z. Chew, J.D. 

Alexa Chew is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She has seven years’ experience teaching legal research and writing. In 2015, she was awarded the UNC Law Robert G. Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching.

At UNC, Professor Chew teaches Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy I and II; Foundations in U.S. Common Law; and U.S. Legal Research and Writing.

Professor Chew earned her A.B. with honors from Princeton University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She earned her J.D. from the Duke University School of Law, where she was a member of the Duke Law Journal and the Asian Law Students Association. Following law school, Professor Chew practiced corporate law in Boston at Bingham McCutchen LLP. She later returned to North Carolina as a law clerk for the Honorable Rick Elmore at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, where she served for six years. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and North Carolina.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D. Pryal

Katie Rose Guest Pryal has twelve years’ experience teaching legal writing, rhetoric, and college writing. She holds a law degree and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, and she is the co-author of Core Grammar for Lawyers.

Dr. Pryal is a former Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law, where she specialized in legal writing and rhetoric. She has also taught at Elon School of Law, the UNC Department of English, and the UNC-Greensboro Department of English.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Pryal frequently leads Continuing Legal Education and professional training seminars and presents at professional conferences around the U.S.

In addition to The Complete Legal Writer and Core Grammar for Lawyers (Carolina Academic Press 2011), Dr. Pryal is the author of A Short Guide to Writing About Law (Pearson 2010), Core Grammar for College (Carolina Academic Press 2013), and How Writing Works (Oxford University Press 2014). She is also a novelist, essayist, and journalist.

Firebrand Fish
“She Longed to Swim” by Lauren Faulkenberry

Cover Artist, Lauren Faulkenberry

Many thanks to Lauren Faulkenberry of Firebrand Press for donating the cover artwork for our book.