Professor Liz Morris is the deputy director of the Center for WorkLife Law and an adjunct law professor at the University of California Hastings. Professor Morris’s research and advocacy seek to advance gender equity and workers’ rights nationwide. Her work focuses on expanding legal protections for pregnant, parenting, and breastfeeding employees and students, improving employer practices to promote stability and economic security for low-wage workers, and addressing employment discrimination against women and family caregivers of all genders.
Professor Morris co-teaches Advanced Employment Law, a course that explores the major federal employment law statutes through the study of cases and research concerning work-life conflict and discrimination against women and caregivers. The course draws on the groundbreaking work of the Center for WorkLife Law to familiarize students with traditional and non-traditional forms of advocacy, examining the complexities and practical techniques of using the law to achieve desirable social and policy change.
Professor Morris’s writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Slate, Huffington Post, and scholarly journals. She speaks regularly at national conferences and has been quoted by media ranging from The New York Times, NPR, Bloomberg News, and The Washington Post, to Elle. Prior to joining UC Hastings, Professor Morris represented working people in lawsuits challenging unlawful employment practices, often litigating complex class actions on behalf of thousands of employees. She is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and received her J.D. from Stanford Law School.