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, 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.



Dictionaries, Newspapers, and “Blaine Amendments” in State Constitutions in the 21st Century , 6 ST. THOMAS J. L. & PUB. POL’Y 204 (2013).

Amending the Minnesota State Constitution in Context: Two Proposals in 2012 , 34 HAMLINE U. J. PUB. L. & POL’Y 115 (2013).

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 (Frederick Schauer, ed., 1993, vol 10 of THE INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF ESSAYS ON LAW AND LEGAL THEORY).

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); reprinted in part in Lon L. Fuller & Melvin Aaron Eisenberg, BASIC CONTRACT LAW 510-11 (8th ed.) (2006).

FROM LOGICAL ATOMS TO LANGUAGE NETWORKS: AN EXAMINATION OF PART OF RUSSELL’S PHILOSOPHY OF LOGICAL ATOMISM , Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois (Urbana, 1981) [additionally in University of Michigan dissertation depository].
Technical Language (and the Law), 10 COLONIAL LAW. 18 (1980).
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