Mary Jane Morrison

Emeritus Professor
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BA, University of Florida
MA, University of Illinois
JD, College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
PhD, University of Illinois


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Mary Jane Morrison joined the Hamline Law faculty in 1981. She has been admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the United States District Court in Minnesota, and she has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association, and the Virginia State Bar Association. She has been a member of the American Bar Association, the National Lawyers Guild, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Philosophical Association, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Professor Morrison retired from teaching December 31, 2012 and was named emeritus professor in May 2013. At Hamline Law, she 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.

For the last several years, Professor Morrison has volunteered as an Ombudsman for a Department of Defense agency that mediates issues under USERRA and has chaired the Human Rights and Research Committee of an organization with group homes for developmentally disabled adults. She previously provided pro bono legal work on issues under federal and state constitutions and civil rights statutes, was a guardian ad litem for abused children in Ramsey County, and served on the Legal Redress and Political Action Committee of the St. Paul Branch of the NAACP. 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.

Professor Morrison has spoken on dedicated-fund clauses in state constitutions before several bar associations and public-policy think tanks and to professional and lay audiences on the Patriot Act and the Defense of Marriage Act. She also periodically speaks to professional audiences on notable decisions from the United States Supreme Court’s most recent term.



Can Dedicated-fund Clauses in the Minnesota Constitution Serve the State’s Interest Best?, 23-7 MINN. J. 4 (2006).

Exclusionary Rule Choice of Law, 17 SEARCH & SEIZURE L. RPT. 1 (1990).

Constitutional Reasoning for Rights, 54 MO. L. REV. 29 (1989).

Excursions Into the Nature of Legal Language, 37 CLEV. ST. L. REV. 271 (1989); reprinted in Law and Language 1 (Frederick Schaeur, ed., 1993).

Choice of Law for Unlawful Searches, 41 OKLA. L. REV. 579 (1988); reprinted in 2 CRIM. PRAC. L. REV. 35 (1989).

Getting a Rule Right and Writing a Wrong Rule: The IRS Demands a Return on All Punitive Damages, 17 CONN. L. REV. 39 (1984).

Death of Conflicts, 29 VILL. L. REV. 313 (1984).

I Imply What You Infer Unless You are a Court: Reporter's Note to Restatement (Second) of Contracts Section 19 (1980), 35 OKLA. L. REV. 707 (1982).

Technical Language (and the Law), 10 COLONIAL LAW. 18 (1980).
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