The Complete Series for Legal Writers

by Alexa Z. Chew and Katie Rose Guest Pryal

About the Authors

Alexa Z. Chew, J.D. 

Alexa Z. Chew is a Clinical 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). With professor Katie Rose Guest Pryal, she is the co-author of the Complete Series of legal textbooks, which includes The Complete Legal Writer (2d ed. 2020), The Complete Bar Writer (2020), and more forthcoming titles.

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, J.D., Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, N.C. She holds a doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition, clerked for a federal judge, and taught university writing for over a fifteen years. With professor Alexa Z. Chew, she is the co-author of the Complete Series of legal textbooks, which includes The Complete Legal Writer (2d ed. 2020), The Complete Bar Writer (2020), and more forthcoming titles. With professor Ruth Ann McKinney, she is the co-author of Core Grammar for Lawyers (4th ed. 2019) and Core Grammar for College (2013). She is the author of other textbooks, including A Short Guide to Writing About Law (2010) and How Writing Works (2014, 2d ed. forthcoming), co-authored with professor Jordynn Jack.

She is also the author of many novels and nonfiction titles, including the bestseller Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (2017) and The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (2019), and the IPPY-award-winning Even If You’re Broken: Essays on Sexual Assault and #MeToo (2019). She is a columnist for magazines, leads professional seminars around the country, and is a frequent keynote speaker at events and professional conferences.

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Cover Artist, Lauren Faulkenberry

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