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

"Trump, House Democrats Escalate Power Struggle"

May 02, 2019

Alan B. Morrison is quoted by Voice of America about whether hindering congressional oversight is an impeachable offense.

"Expanding the Supreme Court? Toomey, GOP Senators Say No."

April 19, 2019

Alan B. Morrison is interviewed by WENY News about the case to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

"Making Tax Returns of Donald Trump Public Will Set Dangerous Precedent"

April 16, 2019

Alan B. Morrison writes for The Hill about why the public may not learn what is in Trump's tax returns. 

“Trump Victorious in Court Case Against Steel Tariffs’’

March 25, 2019
Alan B. Morrison is quoted by Politico about the court's decision to uphold the constitutionality of Trump's tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

“Admissions Policies Lack Credibility. The Cure: Radical Transparency.”

March 21, 2019
Alan B. Morrison co-writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education about the broader concerns the college-admission bribery scheme is raising.