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Martha Morgan
Robert S. Vance Professor Emerita of Law
205-348-1131
mmorgan@law.ua.edu

Martha Morgan

Office: Room 111

 

Professor Morgan joined the Law School Faculty in August 1979, and has enjoyed the status of Professor Emerita since fall 2005. She received her J.D. degree from George Washington University National Law Center, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and she earned a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Following law school graduation, she served as a law clerk for Federal Judge James R. Miller, Jr. of the District of Maryland. 

Professor Morgan’s primary teaching areas for many years were constitutional law and civil rights. In recent years, her research and teaching interests have focused on comparative constitutional law and women’s international human rights. She pioneered research on women as “founding mothers” in Latin American constitution-making. In addition to her teaching and research activities, for many years Professor Morgan’s service activities included volunteering as one of the attorneys for plaintiff schoolchildren in litigation challenging the inadequacy and inequity of Alabama’s public school system. She is a charter member of the board of the Equal justice Initiative. 

Since retirement, Professor Morgan has been active as a consultant and trainer for international women’s rights organizations, including IWRAW-AP (International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific), Women’s Human Rights Education Institute at the University of Toronto, and Fundación Jusiticia y Género in Costa Rica. She has also continued to work on matters related to public education rights, having served as an attorney for plaintiff schoolchildren in the desegregation case of Lee v. Macon County (Pickens County) and working on state constitutional revision issues related to public education and the declaration of rights.