Liz
Morris

Deputy Director, Center for WorkLife Law

Biography

Liz Morris (she/her) is the deputy director of the Center for WorkLife Law, where she leads the Center’s legal team that advances gender, racial, and class equity in the workplace and education. Liz’s advocacy seeks to build legal rights for pregnant and breastfeeding people, mothers, fathers, and other family caregivers struggling to take care of their loved ones while making ends meet. Liz is a recognized expert in the employment laws intersecting family, gender, health, and care.

Liz partners closely with grassroots advocates, healthcare providers, and public officials to develop employment-focused policy solutions to disparities in economic security, health outcomes, and wellbeing. She also directly counsels workers in crisis through the Center’s free legal helpline. Liz’s original research and amicus briefs filed in federal court have meaningfully contributed to the expansion of legal rights for working families. Model legislation drafted by Liz and her colleagues has been introduced in Congress, and she has testified as an expert witness in the California legislature. Her writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Slate, Huffington Post, and scholarly journals. She speaks frequently at national conferences, has appeared on NPR, and is regularly quoted by media ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post, to Working Mother and Elle.

Prior to joining the Center for WorkLife Law, Liz represented working people in class action lawsuits challenging abusive employment practices. She also represented unions in the labor movement. Liz co-taught Advanced Employment Law for six years at the University of California, Hastings Law. She is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and received her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Liz’s greatest achievement, challenge, and source of joy has been raising her two children with her husband.