Walter M. Morris, Jr., J.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

Judge Morris is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD (B.S.); the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.); and the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.

Walter Morris is a retired Vermont Superior Court Judge with over 26 years of service on the bench.  Although retired from active service, he continues to preside in criminal and juvenile cases, and occasionally sits as a substitute Justice on the Vermont Supreme Court.  Prior to his appointment to the bench by Governor Madeleine Kunin in 1990, Judge Morris engaged in the practice of law for a period of fourteen years, the last three in service as Vermont’s Defender General (Chief Public Defender) with responsibility for provision of lawyers for people charged with crime, and in juvenile abuse, neglect and delinquency cases, who could not afford to hire a lawyer due to their financial circumstances.

Judge Morris has a special interest in teaching the law.  He has served as a member of the faculties of the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada-Reno, and the Institute for Excellence in Judicial Education at the University of Memphis, and has conducted numerous educational programs and seminars for judges, lawyers, and law enforcement personnel, as well as for guardians ad litem and child protection workers in child abuse and neglect cases. His particular areas of focus and teaching have been criminal procedure and Constitutional Fair Trial rights; the rights of juveniles in delinquency cases; and unique issues in determining juvenile competency to stand trial in serious cases.

Judge Morris teaches CRJ 2020 American Judicial Process, CRJ 2510 Criminal Law, and POS 3170 U.S. Constitutional Law