In the summer of 2003, Johnny Pryor returned to Springfield to
begin his law career as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Clark
County. He also returned to Wittenberg where he became actively
engaged in campus life - a decision that recently earned him the
2006 Alumni G.O.L.D. Young Alumnus Service Award given to
those who have generously shared their time and talents in service
to their alma mater.
From serving on the Career Center Advisory Council and Tiger
Career Network to the Alumni Board, Pryor has consistently given
of his time to Wittenberg. He takes most pride, however, in the
Wittenberg Mock Trial Team, which he designed and organized on
campus and served as its first coach. At the same time, Pryor taught
courses on critical reasoning for the philosophy department, and
literature and the law for the English department through the School
of Community Education.
"When I began coaching the mock trial team," Pryor said, "I
realized I had my life backwards. Although I love the law, I discovered
my passion lies in education, helping students to pursue the law."
Pryor then made a career move from practicing law to higher
"I love teaching," Pryor said. "Students seem to appreciate the realworld
experience, both good and bad, that I bring into the classroom,
and with undergrad teaching and administration, I bring legal
training and knowledge into my professional life."
He continues his work with mock trial programs and serves as
chair of the Invitational Tournament Committee of the American
Mock Trial Association.
"The association provides a challenging and exciting opportunity
for students to learn firsthand about the work of trial attorneys by
preparing a court case," he said.
Now the director of post-graduate studies at Butler University,
Pryor supervises a staff of five pre-law and pre-health professionals,
and helps shape and direct the school's post-graduate studies advising
program. He also teaches courses in literature and the law.
"When I went to law school, I knew I didn't want to practice law my
entire life," Pryor said, adding that he believes he has found the best of
all possible worlds, one that allows him to work with undergraduates
and remain engaged in the law.