Trevor Morrison

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Trevor Morrison
Dean of the New York University School of Law
Assumed office
June 1, 2013
Preceded byRichard Revesz
Personal details
Born1971 (age 50–51)
Port Alberni, Canada
EducationUniversity of British Columbia (BA)
Columbia University (JD)

Trevor W. Morrison (born 1971) is the dean of the New York University School of Law.[1] He was previously a professor at Columbia Law School and Cornell Law School, and an associate counsel to U.S. President Barack Obama.


Morrison was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada. He received his B.A. in History (with Honors) from the University of British Columbia. In 1998, he received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School.[1][2]

After law school, he clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1998 to 1999, and then for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States from 2002 to 2003.[3]

Prior to entering academia, Morrison worked in the United States Department of Justice's Office of the Solicitor General as a Bristow Fellow, in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel and in private practice as an associate of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale).


Morrison serves as the Dean of New York University School of Law, where he is also the Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law. He is also faculty director of the Reiss Center on Law and security at NYU Law. [4] He will step down from the Deanship in 2022.[5]

Morrison teaches and conducts research in the field of constitutional law, with a focus on executive powers and separation of powers. Drawing on his experience as a lawyer within the Executive Branch, he has written about separation of powers,[6] the Office of Legal Counsel,[7] and issues of federalism.[8]

He is a member of the American Law Institute, and in 2016 was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[9] He was appointed by President Joe Biden to the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Lattman, Peter (4 April 2013). "Columbia Professor Is Chosen Dean of N.Y.U.'s Law School". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Trevor Morrison, constitutional scholar, named 17th dean of NYU School of Law | NYU School of Law".
  3. ^ Patrice, Joe (April 5, 2013). "Prep the White Smoke! NYU School of Law Has a New Dean". Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Trevor W. Morrison - Biography | NYU School of Law". Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  5. ^ Burt, Kristian (2021-10-08). "NYU Law dean Trevor Morrison to resign". Washington Square News. Retrieved 2021-11-24.
  6. ^ Morrison, Trevor (December 2012). "Historical Gloss and the Separation of Powers". Harvard Law Review. 126: 412.
  7. ^ Morrison, Trevor (October 15, 2010). "Stare Decisis in the Office of Legal Counsel". Columbia Law Review. 110: 1448–1525. SSRN 1680965.
  8. ^ Morrison, Trevor (January 2008). "The State Attorney General and Preemption". Cornell Legal Studies. SSRN 1088136.
  9. ^ "ALI Members Elected to the AAAS". American Law Institute. April 25, 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Trevor Morrison, Bob Bauer, Richard Pildes, Sherrilyn Ifill '87, Michael Waldman '87, and Margaret Lemos '01 named to Supreme Court commission | NYU School of Law". Retrieved 2021-11-24.
Academic offices
Preceded by Dean of the New York University School of Law