IndyBar: Women and the Law Division Honors Magistrate Judge Doris Pryor as the 2022 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Winner

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Alexandra Blackwell

By Alexandra Blackwell, Jeselskis Brinkerhoff and Joseph, LLC

IndyBar’s Women and the Law Division (WLD) is pleased to announce Magistrate Judge Doris Pryor as the 2022 Antoinette Dakin Leach (ADL) Award winner. The ADL Award recognizes the accomplishments of female trailblazers within the Indianapolis legal community who have broken down barriers and paved the way for other females in the profession. Judge Pryor has been nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, Judge Pryor will be the first woman of color from Indiana to serve in this capacity.

Judge Pryor began her career serving as a law clerk for Chief Judge Lavenski Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit from 2003 to 2004 and for Judge J. Leon Holmes of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 2004 to 2005. From 2006 to 2018, she served as an assistant United States attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana. During her time with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Pryor served as national security chief for the office from 2014 to 2018. On March 1, 2018, Judge Pryor began her service as a United States magistrate judge for the Southern District of Indiana.

Magistrate Judge Doris Pryor

In addition to her years of public service, Judge Pryor has selflessly served our community through her personal volunteer work with numerous community organizations. Specifically, Judge Pryor founded the REACH program, a reentry program that guides and supports former offenders who are at greater risk of returning to prison in the Southern District of Indiana. She is also a board member of Goodwill Education Initiatives Inc. and the Young Adult Ministry co-director for the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Judge Pryor is also passionate about the Just the Beginning Foundation, which is committed to developing and nurturing interest in the law among young persons from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession.

Given her many years of public service, her commitment to our community, and her recent nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Pryor exhibits many qualities of Antoinette Dakin Leach. As such, it is only fitting that she be honored with the prestigious ADL award.

The Women and the Law Division will host a luncheon to honor Judge Pryor as the 2022 ADL Award winner on Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Tower.

Register to join us for this wonderful event and learn more about Judge Pryor’s journey thus far at•

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