Alan B. Morrison

Alan Morrison
Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law; Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Alan B. Morrison is the Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest & Public Service at GW Law. He is responsible for creating pro bono opportunities for students, bringing a wide range of public interest programs to the law school, encouraging students to seek positions in the non-profit and government sectors, and assisting students find ways to fund their legal education to make it possible for them to pursue careers outside of traditional law firms. 

For most of his career, Dean Morrison worked for the Public Citizen Litigation Group, which he co-founded with Ralph Nader in 1972 and directed for over 25 years. His work involved law reform litigation in various areas including: open government, opening up the legal profession, suing agencies that fail to comply with the law, enforcing principles of separation of powers, protecting the rights of consumers, and protecting unrepresented class members in class action settlements. 

He has argued 20 cases in the Supreme Court, including victories in Goldfarb v. Virginia State Bar (holding lawyers subject to the antitrust laws for using minimum fee schedules); Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council (making commercial speech subject to the First Amendment); and INS v. Chadha (striking down over 200 federal laws containing the legislative veto as a violation of separation of powers). 

He currently teaches civil procedure and constitutional law, and previously taught at Harvard, NYU, Stanford, Hawaii, and American University law schools. He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and was its president in 1999–2000. Among other positions, he served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar, a member and then senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Committee on Science, Technology & Law of the National Academy of Science. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, served as a commissioned officer in the US Navy, and was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York.



BA Yale University; LLB Harvard University

In the News

"INSIGHT: The Fate of Nationwide Injunctions—Don’t Expect the Supreme Court to Resolve It"

March 02, 2020
Alan B. Morrison writes for Bloomberg on how SCOTUS is unlikely to resolve the Trump administration's concern with the overuse of injunctions.

"Seila Law: Why George Washington University Law School Professor Alan Morrison Argues SCOTUS Should Not Rule on the CFPB's Constitutionality"

February 27, 2020

Alan B. Morrison appeared on Ballard Spahr's podcast to discuss an amicus brief he wrote urging SCOTUS not to make a decision on Dodd-Frank limits.

"Symposium: Does the President Have the Right To Fire the Director Of the CFPB Without Cause?"

February 11, 2020

Alan B. Morrison writes for SCOTUSblog on whether Congress can protect the heads of independent federal agencies from removal by the president.

"Why the Chief Justice Must Ensure a Fair Presidential Impeachment Trial"

January 17, 2020

Alan B. Morrison writes for The Hill on what the role of Chief Justice John Roberts should be in the upcoming impeachment trial.

"Whether Trump's Finances Will be Revealed Depends on These 3 Supreme Court Cases"

December 19, 2019

Alan B. Morrison is quoted by Mic on three different Supreme Court cases involving the release of President Trump's tax returns.