Angela D. Morrison

Associate Professor of Law

Angela Morrison

“There is no rule of law without access to courts and systems of power. Lack of access renders individual rights or privileges meaningless.”

Get to Know Angela D. Morrison

What drew you to the law?

Service. Attorneys serve their clients and the public interest by promoting the rule of law. The law is a profession that has allowed me to make my career one of service and I’m proud to belong to the profession.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

As the first in my family to graduate from college, I experienced the transformative effect a public university can have on its students. My college and law school professors taught me to creatively approach social problems through scholarship and, more importantly, not to limit my ambitions. I love watching my own students undergo the same transition.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

Facts, Facts, Facts. No legal rule, statute or policy argument exists in isolation; there are reasons for each and those turn on the underlying facts. My hope is that my students learn how facts can affect outcomes. Whether it’s applying the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act to a particular client’s circumstances to determine if the client can apply for a benefit under the Act, or synthesizing and applying case law regarding whether conduct in the workplace is severe or pervasive enough to constitute a hostile work environment, facts matter.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I was the legal director of the Nevada Immigrant Rights Project, where I provided legal services for noncitizens, and outreach on immigration-related issues. Prior to that, I was a trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, litigating claims under the federal employment anti-discrimination statutes.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

Music. I have favorites in almost every genre and spend much of my free time listening to music or attending various concerts.

What are your research interests?

The overarching theme of my scholarship is the tension between institutional systems and individual rights. In particular, I am interested in how legal institutions designed to address issues on a case-by-case basis remedy group problems. My scholarship examines this through the lens of access to courts for victims of systemic employment discrimination and the impact of immigration status on the effective enforcement of laws meant to protect immigrants as individuals.

Publications

Link to my publications.

Presentations

  • Non-Domination & the Anti-republican Treatment of Unauthorized Workers, Presenter, Fourteenth Annual Colloquium of Scholarship on Labor and Employment Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, October 2019, Las Vegas, NV
  • Why Protect Unauthorized Workers? Faculty Speaker, American University, Washington College of Law, September 2019, Washington, D.C.; Presenter, Fifth Biennial Emerging Immigration Scholars Conference, J. Rueben Clarke Law School, BYU, June 2019, Provo, UT; Presenter, Twelfth Annual Colloquium of Scholarship on Labor and Employment Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, September 2017, Fort Worth, TX
  • Teaching 1Ls to Make Effective Policy Arguments in Legal Analysis, Presenter, 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, March 2019, Las Vegas, NV
  • 5 Myths About Immigration (and Why They Matter), Keynote Speaker, Inclusive Excellence Symposium, Utah State University, October 2018, Logan, UT
  • Way Back to School: Intersections of Classical Rhetoric and Contemporary Law, Moderator and Panelist, LWI Conference, July 2018, Milwaukee, WI
  • Free Trade, Noncitizen Workers, and Employment Discrimination, Faculty Speaker, University of Missouri School of Law, April 2018, Columbia, MO

Expertise

  • Employment discrimination
  • United States immigration law
  • Federal court litigation
  • Legal analysis, writing and research

Courses

  • LARW I & II
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Immigration Law & Policy
  • Employment Discrimination Law

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2015-present)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
    William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV (2012-2015)

Education

  • J.D., William S. Boyd School of Law, summa cum laude
    • Nevada Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
  • B.A. in History, Utah State University, magna cum laude