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2013 Higgins Distinguished Visitor: Alan B. Morrison

Date: 5:30pm PDT October 17, 2013 Location: Legal Research Center, Lower Lounge. Reception to follow.

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    Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, George Washington University School of Law

Legal Research Center, Lower Lounge. Reception to follow.

About Alan Morrison

Professor Alan 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, Professor 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 election 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 U.S. Navy, and was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York.

BA Yale University; LLB Harvard University

About the Higgins Distinguished Visitor
The Higgins Distinguished Visitor is endowed by a grant from the Lorene Sails Higgins Charitable Trust. The program was designed to provide an opportunity for Lewis & Clark faculty and students and the Portland community to learn from and interact with leading legal scholars from around the world.

CLE Credit:  1 OSB CLE Credit will be sought.

Event Details:

The Brandeis Brief, Then and Now

When: Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 5:30pm
Where:  Legal Research Center, Lewis & Clark Law School
Cost:  Free and open to the public
Contact:  For more information, please contact Anh Le at (503) 768-6912

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Anh Le, Executive Legal Assistant to the Dean
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