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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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|Attorney||Ernest Saadiq Morris Esq.||2002 - Present|
|Staff Attorney||Texas Civil Rights Project||2005 - 2007|
|Associate||Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP||2000 - 2001|
|Federal Judicial Law Clerk||U.S. District Judge Hon. Franklin D. Burgess||1999 - 2000|
|Legal Intern||Naacp Legal Defense & Educational Fund||1998 - 1998|
|Legal Intern||National Association of College and University Attorneys||1997 - 1998|
|Legal Intern||Washington Attorney General's Office||1997 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association Children’s Rights Litigation Committee||Co-Chair, Education Civil Rights Accountability Subcommittee||2013 - Present|
|Washington Defender Association||N/A||2011 - 2014|
|Montgomery v. Sound Transit||Settlement for Plaintiff|
|Kelly v. Weaver, The City of Houston and John Doe Houston Police Officers||Settlement for Plaintiff on opening day of Trial|
|Thomas v. Gables and the City of Austin||Settlement 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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|Dignity In Schools Campaign||School Choice Discrimination Leaves No Choice for Vulnerable Youth of Color||2012|
|Dignity In Schools Campaign||The False Promise of Color-Blind & Disability-Free Education Reform||2012|
|NPR||Seattle Files Response To DOJ On Police||2012|
|Huffington Post||Our Youth Don't Need Bootstraps, They Need Us||2010|
|Christian Science Monitor||100 Texas students are disputing their arrests for skipping class to protest immigration reform.||2006|
|Austin American Statesman||Jury finds Round Rock student not guilty||2006|
|University of Washington||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Workshop on Vulnerability and Education||Student's Rights in the Era of School Privatization||2015|
|ABA National Conference on Children & the Law, Washington, DC||Promising Legal Strategies to Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline||2013|
|ABA Childrens' Rights Litigation Committee Webinar Roundtable||Alternatives to School Discipline: A New Frontier in Student’s Rights||2013|
|10th Annual Seattle Race Conference: Education Not Incarceration! Eliminating Structural Racism in Our Schools||Still Not Post-Racial: Racial Justice as an Educational Right for All Students||2013|
|Youth & Law Forum (Seattle)||School-to-Prison Pipeline: Advocating for Students in the School System||2012|
|Focus on Diversity Lecture series (Portland)||Special Education Warehousing: Assigning Students of Color to Separate and Unequal Academic Opportunity, Expectations and Outcomes||2012|
|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 Needs||2012|
|3rd Annual Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference||Surviving the Police: Youth Profiling||2012|
|10th Annual Bridge Conference (Seattle)||Education Equity: Empowering Students of Color for Future Success and Leadership||2012|
|Open Meadows Alternative (Portland, OR)||What can Brown v. Board do for you?||2010|
|National Hip Hop Political Convention||Speaking Youth to Power||2008|
|Round Rock (Tx) Independent School District||Student Know Your Rights Workshops||2007|
|Texas Junior Statesman of America Convention||E Pluribus Unum? Social Justice Panel||2006|
|NAACP of Texas Annual Convention||Police Misconduct Roundtable||2006|
|Austin(Tx) Independent School District||Student Know Your Rights Workshops||2006|