Emerita Professor of Law
BA, University of Florida
MA, University of Illinois
JD, College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
PhD, University of Illinois
Mary Jane Morrison joined the Hamline Law faculty in 1981. She has been admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court, Virginia Supreme Court, and United States District Court in Minnesota, and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and Phi Kappa Phi. She has been a member of the American Bar Association, National Lawyers Guild, and American Philosophical Association.
Professor Morrison retired from teaching December 31, 2012 and was named emeritus professor in May 2013. At Hamline Law, she primarily taught analysis of statutes, treaties, and constitutions in courses on the United States Constitution, criminal law, and state constitutional law, particularly with respect to the Minnesota State Constitution; and seminars on advanced-topics in constitutional law and criminal law. She also for several years taught intellectual property and international intellectual property and occasionally taught contracts, remedies, or torts.
Since 2007, Professor Morrison has volunteered as an Ombudsman for a Department of Defense agency that mediates issues under USERRA. From 2002 through 2012, she was chair of the Human Rights and Research Committee of an organization with group homes for developmentally disabled adults; was a volunteer guardian ad litem for abused children in Ramsey County for five years; and served on the Legal Redress and Political Action Committee of the St. Paul Branch of the NAACP for two years. Through an ABA project, she advised Albania, Lithuania, and Romania on developing their constitutions. She also has served on several state, local, and minority bar association boards of directors, committees and task forces. Since 1981, and continuing in her retirement, she has provided pro bono legal work on issues under federal and state constitutions and civil rights statutes.
Professor Morrison speaks to professional and lay audiences on notable decisions from the United States Supreme Court’s most recent term and on issues of current interest under the Minnesota Constitution.