Baylor Law Professor Mike Morrison holds the William J. Boswell Chair of Law and has been designated as a Baylor University Outstanding Professor. He is admitted to practice in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and is a Fellow of the Texas and the American Bar Foundations. An experienced mediator, he has served as chair of the Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the U.S. District Court for the Western District, Waco Division, and is a Fellow at the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution. His ADR experience has been earned “in the trenches” as a two-term mayor of Waco, service as Chief of Staff to two Baylor University Presidents, 40 years as a redistricting lawyer and three decades as a mediator.
Prof. Morrison is a recognized expert on the Voting Rights Act and has spoken and written extensively on redistricting law. For four decades, since 1981, he has been retained during each statewide redistricting process to represent or advise major participants including the Governor, the Secretary of State, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Jurisprudence Committee and the House Select Redistricting Committee. Over the same period, he represented scores of cities, counties, school districts, and other local governments across Texas in their redistricting efforts.
Prof. Morrison received a B.A. in Psychology with High Honors from the University of Oklahoma in 1971 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His J.D. is also from O.U., where he was an editor of the Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and at graduation in 1974 was named the Oklahoma Bar Association’s “Outstanding Law Student.” He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy Reserve having qualified for the National Defense medal. He readily acknowledges that his O.U. degrees may be seen by Baylor Lawyers as evidence of a Fall from Grace, but he offers by way of redemption that his wife and two children are all Baylor Lawyers.