Tracy Morris

Adjunct Professor

Contact

Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail:  morristracy@seattleu.edu

Education

JD, University of Washington School of Law, 1995
BA, Occidental College, Art History; Minor, Spanish Language and Literature, 1991
Universidad De Compultense, Madrid, Spain, 1990

Specializations

Employment Law
Federal Civil Rights

Biography

Tracy Morris, Esq., is the founder and Executive Director of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington's Federal Civil Rights Clinic, with offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. She was previously General Counsel and Director of Business Development for CB Transportation, Inc., In-House Counsel at Microsoft Corp., and an employment attorney at Perkins Coie LLP. Ms. Morris was a law clerk for Judge Richard C. Tallman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and also for Magistrate Judges John L. Weinberg and Mary Alice Theiler of the Western District of Washington. Her passion for clerking began with a judicial externship with Judge William L. Dwyer. A former President of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington, she now serves on the Ninth Circuit Courts and Community Committee, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, and Chairs the FBA for the WD of WA's Capital Campaign Committee. She has served on several judicial and community boards, including as Co-Chair of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative, Chair of the FBA Art Committee, as a Member of the FBA Nominations Committee, the U.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Committee, and the Swedish Hospital Foundation Board. Ms. Morris is also a long-standing University of Washington Professional Mentor, an Alumni Judicial Clerk Mentor, and past associate for the Corporate Counsel for the Arts. She graduated in 1991 Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College with a degree in Art History and a minor in Spanish, and received her J.D. in 1995 from the University of Washington School of Law.

Publications

• Contributor: W.D. of WA Federal Bar Ass'n Newsletter, 2005-present
• Speaker: Year Up - Puget Sound, Professional Networking, Seattle, WA, 2014-present
• Speaker: "Balancing Access to Justice, Efficient Court Administration and the RPCs," Pro Bono CLE, Federal Bar Ass'n for the W.D. of WA, Seattle, WA, 2014
• Keynote Speaker: Celebrate Swedish Annual Fundraiser, Seattle, WA, 2013
• Co-Chair: "Changing Roles, Changing Times: Are We Ahead or Just Keeping Up," W.D. of WA Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Annual District CLE and Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2010
• Co-Chair: "Brave New World? The Financial Crisis, a Shrinking World & Changing Privacy," W.D. of WA Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Annual District CLE and Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2009
• Panelist: "The Pro Se Challenge: Balancing Access to Justice with Efficient Administrations of the Courts," LRCC Co-Chair, W.D. of WA, Magistrate Judges Executive Board Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 7, 2009
• Panelist: "The Pro Se Challenge: Balancing Access to Justice with Efficient Administrations of the Courts," LRCC Co-Chair, W.D. WA, Chief District Court Judges and Lawyer Representatives Conference, Newport Beach, CA, February 26, 2009
• Speaker: "Civil Rights Legal Clinic Training for Volunteer Attorneys," Federal Bar Ass'n for the W.D. of WA, Seattle, WA, 2006 & 2007
• Speaker: Human Resource and Management Training on Employment Litigation Risks, Microsoft, San Diego, CA, 2006
• Speaker: "Appointment of Counsel for Pro Se Litigants in Civil Actions," Federal Bar Ass'n for the W.D. of WA, Seattle, WA, 2005
• Speaker: Recruiter and Management Training on Pre-Hire Selection Processes, Microsoft, Redmond, WA, 2003-2007
• Editor: Quarterly Client Newsletter, "HR Legal Update," Microsoft, 2003-2006
• Contributor: "FOIA Requests and Access to EEOC Internal Files," BNA Publication, 2001
• Speaker: "Workplace Discrimination: a Primer," Perkins Coie, LLP, Seattle, WA and Portland, OR, 2000
• Panelist: "Section 2241 in the W.D. of WA: Substantive Legal Issues," U.S. District Court for the W.D. of WA, San Francisco, CA, 1999
• Panelist: "Section 2254 in the W.D. of WA: Substantive Legal Issues," U.S. District Court for the W.D. of WA, San Francisco, CA, 1998
• Researcher, "Federal Bail and Detention Handbook," Authored by the Hon. John L. Weinberg, 1995-1999; 2002-2019