About Judith A. McMorrow
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. http://reillysinchina.blogspot.com/
- Fall 2016: Chinese Law Program
- Spring 2017: No courses taught
Judith A. McMorrow
Professor of Law
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Center, MA 02459
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 problem of neglect, poor client communication, and poor management of client funds; (ii) the need to improve the ethical infrastructures ...
Zacharias’s Prophecy: The Federalization of Legal Ethics Through Legislative, Court, and Agency Regulation San Diego Law Review (2011)
In his 1994 seminal article on Federalizing Legal Ethics, Prof. Fred Zacharias examined the need for a national and uniform code of ethics for attorneys. Prof. Zacharias was correct that there has been increasing pressure ...
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 to test U.S. assumptions about legal ethics. This essay examines challenges facing Chinese legal education and the Chinese legal profession ...
The Moral Responsibility of the Corporate Lawyer Catholic University Law Review (2010)
Lawyers traditionally claim that they are not morally accountable for the goals or activities of their clients that are within the bounds of the law. This essay explores this concept of non-accountability in the context ...
Creating Norms of Attorney Conduct in International Tribunals: A Case Study of the ICTY Boston College International and Comparative Law Review (2007)
Using the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) as a case study, this Article explores the merger of legal cultures at the ICTY. The ICTY was crafted in a high-stakes international environment and ...
The (F)Utility of Rules: Regulating Attorney Conduct in Federal Court Practice SMU Law Review (2005)
The problem is often decried: out-of-control attorneys, opportunists, cowboys, self-dealers, and overzealous prosecutors abusing the litigation process either for self-serving ends or from ideological zeal. But one person’s opportunist, cowboy, or self-dealer is another person’s ...
Judicial Attitudes Toward Confronting Attorney Misconduct: A View From the Reported Decisions Hofstra Law Review (2004)
Over the last 20 years, a rich body of literature has emerged to describe the increasingly complex system of lawyer regulation in the United States. This article studies the available data from the Code of ...
Contributions to Books (4)
Law and Lawyers in the U.S.: The Hero-Villain Dichotomy Boston College Law School Faculty Papers (2010)
Lawyers in U.S. culture are often presented in either an extremely positive or extremely negative light. Although popular culture exaggerates and oversimplifies the 'good v. bad' dynamic of lawyers, this dichotomy provides important insights into ...