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Ernest Saadiq Morris, Esq. is committed to achieving his goal of providing the highest quality legal representation to his clients, regardless of their economic or social standing.

Mr. Morris is dedicated to defending the rights of those who have been mistreated or had their rights violated by individuals, corporations, or governments.


Ernest Saadiq Morris has extensive successful experience in a wide range of civil rights & liberties, constitutional rights, and other individual rights litigation-- including Free Speech/First Amendment Rights, Police Misconduct, Youth Justice/Education Rights, Disability Rights, Age/Race/Sex Discrimination, Employee Rights litigation, Unfair Business Practices against private corporations and federal, state and local government wrongdoers.


Mr. Morris is particularly proud of the so-called "hard" cases that he has taken when others were reluctant because of potential controversy or the power and prestige of the wrongdoer.


Ernest Saadiq Morris earned a B.A. degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and graduated from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. While in law school, he clerked at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; the National Association of College and University Attorneys (both in Washington D.C.), as well as for the Washington State Attorney General's Office in Seattle.


Upon graduation, he clerked for the late Honorable Franklin D. Burgess, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Washington.

In addition to his private practice, Ernest Saadiq Morris is the founding director of the Urban Youth Justice Initiative. He  has also worked as an associate of the national class action law firm, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, and as staff counsel at the Texas CIvil Rights Project.


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Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 35%
  2. Juvenile: 20%
  3. Education: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
  5. Unspecified: 5%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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    Ernest Morris is a knowledgeable and zealous advocate on both juvenile and civil rights matters. He has a keen sense of justice and is tenacious in defense of his clients.


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Ernest Saadiq Morris, Esq.

PO Box 45637
Seattle, WA, 98145-0637


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyErnest Saadiq Morris Esq.2002 - Present
Staff AttorneyTexas Civil Rights Project2005 - 2007
AssociateLieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP2000 - 2001
Federal Judicial Law ClerkU.S. District Judge Hon. Franklin D. Burgess1999 - 2000
Legal InternNaacp Legal Defense & Educational Fund1998 - 1998
Legal InternNational Association of College and University Attorneys1997 - 1998
Legal InternWashington Attorney General's Office1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association Children’s Rights Litigation CommitteeCo-Chair, Education Civil Rights Accountability Subcommittee2013 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationN/A2011 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Montgomery v. Sound TransitSettlement for Plaintiff
Kelly v. Weaver, The City of Houston and John Doe Houston Police OfficersSettlement for Plaintiff on opening day of Trial
Thomas v. Gables and the City of AustinSettlement for plaintiffs including policy changes to City of Austin’s commercial developer inspections and disability rights guarantees on all city leased properties.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Howard UniversityN/AN/A1999
University of WashingtonN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Workshop on Vulnerability and EducationStudent's Rights in the Era of School Privatization2015
ABA National Conference on Children & the Law, Washington, DCPromising Legal Strategies to Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline2013
ABA Childrens' Rights Litigation Committee Webinar RoundtableAlternatives to School Discipline: A New Frontier in Student’s Rights2013
10th Annual Seattle Race Conference: Education Not Incarceration! Eliminating Structural Racism in Our SchoolsStill Not Post-Racial: Racial Justice as an Educational Right for All Students2013
Youth & Law Forum (Seattle)School-to-Prison Pipeline: Advocating for Students in the School System2012
Focus on Diversity Lecture series (Portland)Special Education Warehousing: Assigning Students of Color to Separate and Unequal Academic Opportunity, Expectations and Outcomes2012
BOOST (Best of Out of School Time) Conference: Town Hall (Palm Springs)The State of Equity in After-School/Out-of-School: How Extended Learning Opportunity Meets Diverse Student Needs2012
3rd Annual Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership ConferenceSurviving the Police: Youth Profiling2012
10th Annual Bridge Conference (Seattle)Education Equity: Empowering Students of Color for Future Success and Leadership2012
Open Meadows Alternative (Portland, OR)What can Brown v. Board do for you?2010
National Hip Hop Political ConventionSpeaking Youth to Power2008
Round Rock (Tx) Independent School DistrictStudent Know Your Rights Workshops2007
Texas Junior Statesman of America ConventionE Pluribus Unum? Social Justice Panel2006
NAACP of Texas Annual ConventionPolice Misconduct Roundtable2006
Austin(Tx) Independent School DistrictStudent Know Your Rights Workshops2006