Professor Judith A. McMorrow teaches torts, professional responsibility and in the
law school’s Semester-in-Practice externship program. Her scholarship is primarily in the
area of professional responsibility and legal ethics. Professor McMorrow is active in pro
bono and service activities, including over 20 years on the board of Community Legal
Services and Counseling Center, 10 years on the Massachusetts SJC Committee on Judicial
Ethics, work with the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and earlier work in
representing women in Massachusetts seeking commutation based on Battered Woman Syndrome.
After graduating from University of Notre Dame Law School in 1980, Prof. McMorrow clerked
for the Hon. Gilbert S. Merritt (United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit)
and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger (United States Supreme Court.) She practiced with the
Washington D.C. law firm of Steptoe and Johnson before entering teaching in 1985. 

In Spring 2013, Prof. McMorrow ran the Boston College Law School London program. For the
2008-09 academic year Prof. McMorrow taught at Renmin University in Beijing, China on a
Fulbright grant. 



In Defense of the Business of Law, Fordham Urban Law Journal (2013)

This article focuses on three current professionalism challenges in the U.S. legal profession: (i) the...



The Moral Responsibility of the Corporate Lawyer, Catholic University Law Review (2011)


Zacharias’s Prophecy: The Federalization of Legal Ethics Through Legislative, Court, and Agency Regulation (with Daniel R. Coquillette), San Diego Law Review (2011)

In his 1994 seminal article on Federalizing Legal Ethics, Prof. Fred Zacharias examined the need...



Professional Responsibility in an Uncertain Profession: Legal Ethics in China, Akron Law Review (2010)

The rapidly expanding Chinese legal profession provides an extraordinary opportunity for the U.S. legal profession...



The Moral Responsibility of the Corporate Lawyer (with Luke M. Scheuer), Catholic University Law Review (2010)

Lawyers traditionally claim that they are not morally accountable for the goals or activities of...




Lawyers and Fundamental Moral Responsibility (with Daniel R. Coquillette and R. Michael Cassidy), Daniel R. Coquillette (2010)

The materials in this book are organized around specific problems designed to encourage and focus...

Moore's Federal Practice, The Federal Law of Attorney Conduct (with Daniel R. Coquillette) (2001)


The Federal Law of Attorney Conduct (with Daniel R. Coquillette), Daniel R. Coquillette (2001)

Contributions to Books


Law and Lawyers in the U.S.: The Hero-Villain Dichotomy, Perspectives on American Law (2013)

Lawyers in U.S. culture are often presented in either an extremely positive or extremely negative...

Civility Issues in Federal Court Practice (with Daniel R. Coquillette), The Federal Law of Attorney Conduct: Court Practice (2009)

(Moore's Federal Practice. 3rd. ed., vol. 30)



Toward an Ecclesiastical Professional Ethic: Lessons from the Legal Profession (with Daniel R. Coquillette), Church Ethics And Its Organizational Context: Learning from the Sex Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church (2006)

As the Catholic Church struggles with the aftermath of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, some...

The Power and Limits of Legal Naming: A Case Study of 'Battered Woman Syndrome', The Eyes of Justice: Round Table on Law and Semiotics (1994)

Selected Professional Activities

US Judicial and Legal Profession: Roles and Regulation, Harvard Kennedy School Vietnam Executive Leadership Program (VELP) (2015)
The Changing Role of Lawyers in American Society, Renmin University School of Law (2015)

Also presented at the Osher LIfelong Learning Institute at Brandeis University on March 19, 2015.

Panelist: Identity and Employment, Religiously Affiliated Law Schools Conference 2014, St. Thomas Law School (2014)
Civility and Professionalism at the Bar: The Heritage and Challenge Today, Rhode Island St. Thomas More Society Annual Meeting (2014)
Panelist: Faith & Professional Ethics, Faith in the Legal Workplace Forum, Harvard Law School (2014)