University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Constitutional law expert to discuss controversial national legislation April 10

The UND chapters of the American Constitution Society and the Ten Percent Society will co-host a discussion by School of Law constitutional law specialist Assistant Professor Steven Morrison on “Same-Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court: Are There Rights Protected By The Constitution?,” at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, in Room 211 of the UND law school.

Among the topics Morrison will discuss are the constitutionality of controversial legislation such as Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Recently, Morrison has been widely sought by local, regional and national media for his opinions on the constitutionality of recent abortion-related legislation in North Dakota.

Pizza will be served as part of Morrison’s discussion.

Steven Morrison:
Morrison teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Sentencing, and Constitutional Law. Prior to his teaching at UND Law, he was a criminal defense attorney in Boston, and attended Boston College Law School. He has also clerked for the Honorable Warren M. Silver of the State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Morrison is an active member of a number of committees of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has provided written legislative testimony and media commentary to local and national outlets regarding issues pertaining to North Dakota and the nation. His scholarly interests are in criminal law, criminal procedure, and the First Amendment. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Tulane Law Review, and Catholic University Law Review, among others.