Kathleen S. Morris
Associate Professor of Law
- BA, Honors English, California State University, Northridge, 1991
- JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1997
- MSc, European and International Politics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Rotary Scholar), 1993
Professional & Teaching Experience
- 2006 – Present: Co-founder, Yale Law School San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (with Yale Law Professor Heather K. Gerken).
- 2003 – 2012: Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office
- 2009 – 2010: Visiting Assistant Professor, Rutgers-Camden Law School
- 2006 – 2009: Founding Executive Director, Affirmative Litigation Task Force, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office
- 2008: Visiting Lecturer, Yale Law School
- 1997 – 1998: Law Clerk, Honorable Sidney R. Thomas, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Rebel Cities, Bully States: A New Preemption for an Anti-Racist, Pro-Democracy Localism, 65 Howard Law Journal ___ (forthcoming 2022).
- Cities Seeking Justice: Local Government Litigation in the Public Interest, ch. in How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change and Economic Inequality, Ray Bescia and John Travis Marshall, eds. (Routledge, 2016).
- Expanding Local Enforcement of State and Federal Consumer Protection Laws, 40 Fordham Urban L. J. 1903 (2013).
- Marriage and the Court: San Francisco’s Role in the Debate, GGU Magazine, p. 22 (sp. 2013).
- The Case for Local Constitutional Enforcement, 47 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 1 (2012).
- San Francisco and the Rising Culture of Engagement in Local Public Law Offices, in Claussen, et al., ed. Why the Local Matters: Federalism, Localism, and Public Interest Advocacy (Columbia University School of Law. Attorneys General Program.; Yale Law School. Liman Public Interest Program, 2010).
- The Family and Medical Leave Act, (ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law 2006) Contributing author.
- Through the Looking Glass: Recent Developments in Affirmative Action, 11 Berkeley Women’s L. J. 182 (1996).
Honors & Awards
- 2020: Named a Senior Fellow with Justice Catalyst Law, the nonprofit that will be funding her research this coming year!