Professor Emeritus of Law
His areas of academic interest include legal history, contracts and commercial law. He is a life member of the American Society for Legal History, which he served as secretary/treasurer 2000-2005; he served on the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education’s Law School Administration Committee 2001-2006 (chair 2004-2006); he has chaired the AALS Legal History Section (1991-92) and served as a member of the Student Services Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (1996-98).
He has served on a number of University committees including the Faculty Senate (1987-88 and 1989-91) and the Rhodes/Marshall Scholarship Committee (member 1989-98, chair 1990-98 and 1999-2001). He also served as vice-chair of the Law School’s Appointments Committee from 1990 to 1993.
Professor Pratt retired from the law school in 2006.
The Supreme Court of Edward Douglass White, 1910-1921 (University of South Carolina Press 1999).
Privacy in Britain (Bucknell University Press 1979).
A New Vocabulary for a New Constitutional Law: United States v. Carolene Products (1938), in Leading Cases of the Twentieth Century 124 (Dublin, Ireland: Round Hall 2000)
North Carolina and the Constitution, 1787-1791, in The Southâs Role in the Creation of the Bill of Rights 77 (University Press of Mississippi 1991).
American Contract Law at the Turn of the Century, 39 South Carolina Law Review 415 (1988).
Law and the Experience of Politics in late Eighteenth-Century North Carolina: North Carolina Considers the Constitution, 22 Wake Forest Law Review 577 (1987).
The Struggle for Judicial Independence in Antebellum North Carolina: The Story of Two Judges, 4 Law and History Review 129 (1986).
Afterword: Contracts and Uncertainty, 46 Law & Contemporary Problems 169 (1983).
Rhetorical Styles on the Fuller Court, 24 The American Journal of Legal History 189 (1980).
Judicial Disability and the Good Behavior Clause, 85 Yale Law Journal 706 (1976).
The Warren and Brandeis Argument for a Right to Privacy, Public Law 161 (Summer 1975).
Areas of Expertise
- Legal History