Maria Morris serves as managing attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Alabama office where she guides education and juvenile justice reform efforts in the state. Her legal work also includes a wide range of constitutional issues. Previously, she worked for a San Francisco law firm where her work included representing juvenile parolees in a class action lawsuit regarding their due process rights and on employment discrimination cases. She also represented adult prisoners in a case regarding prison overcrowding in California.
She is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University, also holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia and graduated from Emory University School of Law. She previously served as a law clerk to Judge William Canby of the Ninth Circuit.