Professor Judith A. McMorrow teaches torts, professional responsibility and related
topics. She has written many articles on topics of professional responsibility and age
discrimination (with a focus on retirement policy.) Professor McMorrow is active in pro
bono activities, including representing women in Massachusetts seeking commutation based
on Battered Woman Syndrome. She has also been active in promoting the interdisciplinary
practice of law. 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. 

For the 2008-09 academic year Prof. McMorrow taught at Renmin University in Beijing,
China on a Fulbright grant. Follow her experiences at: 



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

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)
Law Professors of the Future: A New Balance of Teaching, Scholarship and Service?, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (2014)
Interactive Teaching Methods Workshop, China University of Political Science & Law (2013)
Teaching Legal Ethics in China, American Bar Association Rule of Law Conference (2013)

Both legal education and the legal services sector is growing rapidly in China, putting increasing...