Alan Morrison (lawyer)

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Alan Morrison is a Supreme Court attorney and the co-founder of Public Citizen Litigation Group.

Career[edit]

Morrison graduated from Yale College in 1959. He then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1966.[1] He also worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York.

In 1971, he met Ralph Nader and the two men founded Public Citizen Litigation Group, the litigating arm of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. Morrison served as the director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group. Over the span of his career, Morrison has argued 20 cases before the Supreme Court, most notably the key separation-of-powers case INS vs. Chadha. He also founded the Supreme Court Assistance Project (SCAP), which assists small-firm lawyers in arguing cases before the Supreme Court.[2] Morrison retired from Public Citizen in 2004 to work at Stanford Law School as a senior lecturer on administrative and public interest law. He has taught at various other laws schools, including Harvard.[1] He also served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law.[3] In 2009, Morrison joined The George Washington University Law School as the Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law.[4]

He served as the president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers from 1999–2000.[5]

Morrison is also the co-author of the 1995 book Representing Yourself : What You Can Do Without a Lawyer.

Personal life[edit]

Morrison has a wife, Anne, and two daughters, Becky and Nina. Nina is currently working as an attorney for the non-profit organization, The Innocence Project.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nowak, Nina (Fall 2004). "Veteran Supreme Court Litigator Brings His Expertise to Stanford". Stanford Lawyer. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Mauro, Tony (May 24, 2004). "Moving On: A Nader Protégé With Friends in High Places". Legal Times. Archived from the original on October 23, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Alan Morrison: Visiting Professor of Law". American University Washington College of Law. Archived from the original on October 17, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Alan B. Morrison Joins GW Law School as its First Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law". George Washington University. April 28, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ "History of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers". American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2008.