From the 2007 News Archive
Leading Advocate Alan Morrison to Speak at Annual Supreme Court Event on Sept. 26
Regarded as one of the most respected lawyers to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, Alan B. Morrison will deliver a lecture on Supreme Court advocacy on Wednesday September 26 in Room 107 at 12:10 p.m. Overflow seating will be available in Room 108.
Mr. Morrison has had an extensive practice before the United States Supreme Court, having argued twenty times and been co-counsel in another 100 cases. He is presently serving as lead counsel for the District of Columbia in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller
, which asks the high court to overturn the March decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit striking down the city’s handgun ban on Second Amendment grounds.Supreme Court CasesCheney v. U.S. District Court (2004)
(discovery concerning VP's Energy Task Force)Raines v. Byrd
(1987) (Congressional standing on line item veto)Bowsher v. Synar
(1986) (Comptroller General's appropriate role in budget resolutions)INS v. Chadha
(1983) (validity of legislative veto)
Mr. Morrison recently returned to the District after spending three years as a Senior Lecturer at Stanford Law School where he taught a variety of litigation-related courses. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Mr. Morrison was the director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group, the Washington, D.C.-based consumer rights advocacy group he co-founded with Ralph Nader in 1972. At the Litigation Group he started a project that provides pro bono assistance to other lawyers who have cases before the Supreme Court, and he and his colleagues worked on merits briefs and/or did moot courts in approximately 25% of the cases that the Court heard each term.
Mr. Morrison was elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in 1992 and was its President in 1999-2000. He is currently a member of the Committee on Science, Technology and Law of the National Academies of Science. In addition to teaching at Stanford, Mr. Morrison taught at least one semester each year since 1978 at Harvard, NYU, and the University of Hawaii Law Schools. He is a former Commissioned Officer in the Navy and is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law schools.