Faculty Biography

Grant H. Morris

Professor of Law Emeritus

  • LLM, 1971, Harvard University
  • JD, 1964, Syracuse University
  • AB, 1962, Syracuse University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Morris teaches and writes in the areas of torts and mental disability law.

Professional Experience

Morris taught at Wayne State University Law School and School of Medicine. He was an adjunct professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine and a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Morris joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1973, served as acting dean in 1977-78 and in 1988-89, and served as interim dean in 1997-98. He retired in 2010.

Honors and Affiliations

Morris received his JD, cum laude, from Syracuse University and was an editor on the Syracuse Law Review. He received the Wayne State University Assistant Professor Research Recognition Award in 1968 and was named a USD University Professor in 1997 and 2008. Morris organized the law and psychiatry section of the Association of American Law Schools and served as the section’s chairperson in 1973-74. He served as chairperson of the Atascadero State Hospital Advisory Board from 2003 to 2007.

Key Works

Morris' publications include Refusing the Right to Refuse: Coerced Treatment of Mentally Disordered Mental Patients (Vandeplas Publishing, 2006), "Teaching with Emotion: Enriching the Educational Experience of First-Year Law Students" in 47 San Diego Law Review 465 (2010); "'Let’s Do the Time Warp Again:' Assessing the Competence of Counsel in Mental Health Conservatorship Hearings" in 46 San Diego Law Review 283 (2009); "Preparing Law Students for Disappointing Exam Results: Lessons from Casey at the Bat" in 45 San Diego Law Review 441 (2008); "Mental Disorder and the Civil/Criminal Distinction" in 41 San Diego Law Review 1177 (2004); and "Competency to Stand Trial on Trial" in 4 Houston Journal of Health and Law Policy 193 (2004).

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Online Resources

Curriculum Vita
Publications on SSRN


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