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

"House Speaker Concessions Could Put DC's Autonomy at Risk"

January 11, 2023
Alan Morrison was featured as an expert on WUSA 9 regarding whether the concessions made by Kevin McCarthy to win the House Speakership would affect DC home rule.

"Can a DC Watchdog Group Keep Trump From Running?"

January 04, 2023
Alan Morrison was quoted in Washingtonian Magazine about whether Donald Trump can be sued to prevent him from running for president again.

"Dems Vote to Release Trump's Tax Returns, and It May Come Back to Bite Them"

December 20, 2022
Alan Morrison was quoted by Newsweek about the House Ways and Means Committee voting to make Donald Trump’s tax returns public.

"President Biden Extends Pause on Student Loan Repayments as Forgiveness Program Tied Up in Courts"

November 23, 2022
Alan B. Morrison appeared on Nexstar TV to discuss the Supreme Court’s potential action on the lawsuit against the Biden administration’s federal student loan debt forgiveness plan.

"Law Firm Rankings: If Law Schools Are Ranked, Why Not Firms?"

November 21, 2022
Alan Morrison wrote for the National Law Journal about how law school rankings turn the system into a satire.