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Clarence Morris, onetime professor of law, died on February 8, 1985. He was 82.
Professor Morris was born on January 8, 1903, in Denver, Colorado. He earned an LLB from the University of Colorado in 1925 and an LLM from Columbia University in 1926. He also held a Brandeis Research Fellowship at Harvard University in 1930-31.
Professor Morris taught at the University of Wyoming School of Law from 1926 until 1937. He also served as acting dean of the law school from 1935 to 1937. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1939. In 1952 he assumed a position as visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and joined the permanent faculty at Pennsylvania the following year. He initiated a law and behavioral sciences program linked to courses in criminal law, evidence, and family law at Pennsylvania. The program was the first of its kind in an American law school. He retired from teaching in 1973.
Professor Morris was an authority in Torts. He was the author of How Lawyers Think (1937, 1938, 1994). With Derk Bodde, he edited Law in Imperial China: Exemplified by 190 Ch'ing Dynasty Cases (1967, 1973). He also published articles and reviews in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Texas Law Review.
Seven colleagues paid tribute to Professor Morris in the January 1973 edition of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. The publication was also dedicated to him.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on May 24, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office of Public Affairs.