C. Robert Morris

  • Professor of Law Emeritus
  • St. John's College, Annapolis, B.A.
  • Yale University, LL.B.

Office: 433
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Emeritus Professor C. Robert Morris is recognized for his work in corporations law. He teaches business organizations, corporations, bankruptcy, torts, real property, and modern real estate.

Professor Morris earned a B.A. degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and an LL.B. degree from Yale University. After graduating from Yale in 1951, he entered the United States Air Force. When he left active duty in 1953, he was a first lieutenant serving as an assistant staff judge advocate. He then joined the faculty at Rutgers University Law School in Camden.

After more than 10 years of service at Rutgers, Professor Morris became a member of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 1964. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Stanford University Law School, and New York University Law School. For many years, he served as a board member of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union. He also has been a member of the National Council of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He served the University of Minnesota Chapter of the AAUP for many years as Chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure and was President of the Chapter. In addition, he chaired the University of Minnesota Tenure Committee during its early work in drafting the current Tenure Code. He has also served on the University of Minnesota Senate Judicial Committee.



  • Cases and Materials on Corporations (Little, Brown, 3d ed., 1989) (Supp. 1993) Jesse H. Choper & John C. Coffee
  • Morris on Torts (Foundation Press, 2d ed., 1980) Clarence Morris
  • Cases and Materials on Corporations (Little, Brown, 2d ed., 1977) (Supp. 1984) Alexander H. Frey, Jesse H. Choper & Noyes E. Leech
  • Cases and Materials on Corporations (Little, Brown, 1966) Alexander H. Frey & Jesse H. Choper

Journal Articles

  • Directors’ Duties in Nearly Insolvent Corporations: A Comment on Credit Lyonnais, 19 Journal of Corporation Law 61 (1993)
  • Bankrupt Fantasy: The Site of Missing Words and the Order of Illusory Events, 45 Arkansas Law Review 265 (1992)
  • Some Notes on “Reliance”, 75 Minnesota Law Review 815 (1991)
  • Bankruptcy Law Reform: Preferences, Secret Liens and Floating Liens, 54 Minnesota Law Review 737 (1970)
  • Enterprise Liability and the Actuarial Process - The Insignificance of Foresight, 70 Yale Law Journal 554 (1961)
  • Patent Rights in an Employee’s Invention: The American Shop Right Rule and the English View, 39 Texas Law Review 41 (1960) (revised version of article published at 75 Law Quarterly Review 483 (1959))
  • Agency and Partnership, 14 Rutgers Law Review 375 (1959)
  • Patent Rights in an Employee’s Invention: The American Shop Right Rule and the English View, 75 Law Quarterly Review 483 (1959)
  • Evading Debt Limitations with Public Building Authorities: The Costly Subversion of State Constitutions, 68 Yale Law Journal 234 (1958)
  • Agency and Partnership, 12 Rutgers Law Review 179 (1957)
  • Agency and Partnership, 11 Rutgers Law Review 247 (1956)
  • Agency and Partnership, 10 Rutgers Law Review 182 (1955)
  • Agency and Partnership, 9 Rutgers Law Review 198 (1954)

Book Reviews

  • Book Review, 61 Minnesota Law Review 1035 (1977) (reviewing Bayless Manning, A Concise Textbook on Legal Capital (Foundation Press, 1977))

Other Publications

  • Commentary, 21 University of Miami Law Review 541 (1967) (Symposium on Legal Education)

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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