The Complete Legal Writer

by Alexa Z. Chew and Katie Rose Guest Pryal

About the Authors

Alexa Z. Chew, J.D. 

Alexa Z. Chew is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she teaches practical legal writing courses. She is an expert in legal citation (not to be confused with the Bluebook), and her citation scholarship includes “Citation Literacy,” “Stylish Legal Citation,” and “Citation Stickiness” (with Kevin Bennardo). 

She’s an active member of the two big professional organizations for legal writing—the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD)—and is a frequent presenter at legal writing conferences. You can also find her, and many other #legalwriting and #LRW experts, on Twitter, where she mostly tweets about legal writing at @aznchew.

UNC Law has given her the Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching (2015) and the Charles E. Daye Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (2017). Before all that, she worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Rick Elmore of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as a corporate associate at the late Bingham McCutchen LLP. She earned a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and an A.B. from Princeton University, where she studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and wrote a senior thesis about her taphonomical analysis of a new dinosaur quarry in the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of Wyoming (i.e., how dinosaur bones got to where paleontologists found them). The thesis had many pictures in it.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D. 

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.