Professionally Diverse

Doris Pryor

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

NominatedMay 25, 2022

  • Doris Pryor is a Magistrate Judge, a role she has served in since 2018.
  • Prior to that, she was an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 12 years in the Southern District of Indiana. She graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2003. 
  • Pryor served as National Security Chief for the office from 2014 to 2018.
  • From 2005 to 2006, Judge Pryor served as a Deputy Public Defender for the State of Arkansas Public Defender’s Commission.
  • Judge Pryor served as a law clerk for Judge J. Leon Holmes on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 2004 to 2005 and for Chief Judge Lavenski Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 2003 to 2004.
  • If confirmed, Pryor would be just the second former public defender on the 11-judge Seventh Circuit. She also would be Indiana’s first Black woman judge and first Black public defender to serve on this court.