Trevor W. Morrison

Liviu Librescu Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Director, Center for Constitutional Governance; Co-Chair, Hertog Program on Law and National Security

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 904
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-1997
Fax: 212-854-7946

Assistant Info

Name: Khamla Pradaxay
Phone: 212-854-7422

Areas of Expertise:

    • Constitutional Law
    • Federal Courts
    • Separation of Powers
    • Executive Branch Legal Interpretation


    • B.A., University of British Columbia, 1994
    • J.D., Columbia, 1998

Media Contact:

Public Affairs, (212) 854-2650.

Detailed Biography:

Trevor Morrison

Trevor Morrison teaches and writes about constitutional law, federal courts, and national security law.  He spent 2009 on leave from the Columbia faculty, serving in the White House as Associate Counsel to the President.  Before entering academia, he was a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1998-99) and to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court (2002-03). In between those clerkships, he was a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. Justice Department's Office of the Solicitor General (1999-2000), an attorney-advisor in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (2000-01), and an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) (2001-02). Professor Morrison is a member of the American Law Institute and the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law.  In May 2011, he was awarded the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching by the Columbia Law School Class of 2011.  He grew up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. He received a B.A. (hons.) in History from the University of British Columbia in 1994, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1998.