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SUSAN G. MORRISON
smorrison@thefowlerlawfirm.com

Susan Morrison

Susan brings over twenty five years of experience in school law, employment law, construction law and litigation to The Fowler Law Firm.

Ms. Morrison ran a statewide private practice representing public entities and employers from 1985-2009. She is an experienced harassment prevention trainer and investigator as well as an expert in religious rights, free speech & constitutional law matters.

Ms. Morrison is a former Assistant General Counsel for the Texas Education Agency and a former administrative law judge. She trained other administrative law judges for twenty state agencies through the UT Hearing Officer Certification Program.

She currently represents employers, school districts and other governmental entities on all kinds of employment disputes, open meetings and public information, grievances, student discipline, special education, and other matters before the TEA, TWC, EEOC and the courts.

Education
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1980
J.D., Baylor Law School, 1983

Licensed In:
All Texas State Courts
Western District of Texas Federal Courts
Northern District of Texas Federal Courts
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court

Honors and Appointments
District 9 State Bar Grievance Committee Member
City of Austin Ethics Review Commission Member
Former Chair of the Travis County Fee Dispute Committee
Congress for New Urbanism, Co-Founder of Austin Chapter
Mueller Airport Redevelopment Advisory Board Member
Outstanding Service from Texas Secretary of State for "Vote '90 Everyone Matters"

Memberships & Associations
State Bar of Texas: School Law, Construction Law, and Litigation Sections.
Austin Bar Association: Employment and Construction Law Sections.
Texas Council of School Attorneys, National Council of School Attorneys
Travis County Young Lawyers Association: Director, 1988 – 1991
Travis County Bar Association: Director, 1998 - 2000
Travis County Women Lawyers' Association: President, 1998; Pathfinder's Award 2008 TCWLA Foundation Board 2009-present
Texas Bar Foundation: Life Fellow
Texas Women Lawyers: President 2002-2004; At-Large Director 2000-02 & 2005-08
Board Liaison to TCWLA 2008-present
Treasurer, Texans for Child Support (PAC) 1983

Philanthropy & Community Service
Susan devoted several years to Adopt-A-School activities before expanding her attention to Communities in Schools, the leading drop-out prevention program in Central Texas serving 55 campuses in five school districts. As a CIS Past Board President and currently on the Leadership Circle, Susan helps fundraise and advocate for homeless and underprivileged students to receive services in order to "Stay in School" and graduate. 99% of the students intensively served by CIS, completed the 2008 school year. 89% were promoted to the next grade and over 84% improved grades, attendance or behavior. But many more need such services. To volunteer or donate, go to www.cisaustin.org

Susan is also a fan of the League of Women Voters and served on the Austin Area Board as membership co-chair, increasing members by 6% in two years. From 1979 to 1983, Susan worked with the League to get the Constitutional Amendment passed allowing for garnishment of wages for Child Support—legislation that had been attempted every session since 1958 finally passed and became law in 1983. She now focuses on public education and voter registration issues, serves as an election judge, and is coordinating an upcoming forum on the State Board of Education election this fall. Men and women are invited to join! www.lwvaustin.org

As a member of the oldest Kiwanis Club in the State of Texas, Susan serves as membership chair and participates in the scholarship fund, Habitat for Humanity projects, My Park Day, and Food Bank drives. Meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of the month at The Woman's Club, 708 San Antonio Street, 78701 at noon (parking in back off Nueces). Come visit this historic location! austinwc.org.