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Jeffrey Morris

Professor Emeritus


School of Law


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Jeffrey Morris taught at the School of Law since 1981 while remaining active in the area of bankruptcy law. He is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an elite group of lawyers, judges, and professors that addresses significant issues of bankruptcy, policy, and law. Professor Morris has twice testified before congressional committees on behalf of the group.

A founding member of the American Bankruptcy Law Forum, he also is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Professor Morris has also served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Commercial and Related Consumer Law. In 1999 he was appointed by Chief Justice Rhenquist as the reporter to the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, and he served in that position until 2008. Professor Morris notes that serving as the reporter was “a great opportunity to work with excellent judges and lawyers on matters that affect millions of cases each year.”

He has been of counsel to Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur for more than 10 years. He served a three-year term as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. Professor Morris was the Robert M. Zinman Scholar in Residence at the American Bankruptcy Institute for the Spring 2005 Semester. In 2008 he was the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Georgia State University College of Law. He regularly lectures throughout the country to lawyers and judges on matters of bankruptcy and commercial law.

After graduating from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was the executive editor of the Law Review, Professor Morris entered into private practice as an associate in an Atlanta law firm, where he concentrated in bankruptcy and commercial law.

He came to the University of Dayton School of Law in 1981. “I wanted to pass on the excitement and interest of the law I have to my students,” he says. Professor Morris has been selected Professor of the Year more than 10 times by students, and he was named Samuel A. McCray Chair in Law in 2004. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and The Ohio State University.

Professor Morris retired from the University of Dayton School of Law in April 2013.


J.D. cum laude, Washington and Lee University, 1977
B.A. cum laude, Providence College, 1974

Areas of Law

Bankruptcy Law

Selected Publications

Problems and Materials on Debtor and Creditor Law (4th ed., with Douglas Whaley, Aspen Law & Business 2009)

Chapter 12 Farm Reorganizations (with John Anderson, Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill 1987, with annual supplements 1988-1993)

Chapter 13 Practice and Procedure (with W. Homer Drake, Jr., Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill 1983, with annual supplements 1984-2000)

522nd Chapter in Collier on Bankruptcy (Revised 15th ed. 1997)

The Continuing Development of Consumer Bankruptcy, 23 Capital University Law Review 395 (1994)

Is Ohio’s Exemption Law Constitutional? 2 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Newsletter (1991)