CLE Panelist


  • Speak to Win (CLE)


James Morrow is a senior fellow at Hamline University School of Law and a senior district judge.  Morrow has more than 29 years of experience teaching law students, lawyers and judges. He served as a general jurisdiction trial court judge for 23-1/2 years and his background as a trial judge and former U.S. Federal Prosecutor enables him to bring real-life examples to the classroom.

As a judge, Morrow has held many leadership positions. He was the co-founder and former chair of The Minnesota Judicial College (for experienced trial judges) from 1989-2006. He was responsible for selecting the faculty and curriculum and for teaching evidence. He was selected by the Minnesota Supreme Court Education Director to teach Adult Learning Theory to faculty judges and serves as a member of the Minnesota Judges’ Criminal Benchbook Committee.  Morrow was selected as the 1999 Trial Judge of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and was selected as the 2002 Trial Judge of the Year by the Minnesota Judges Association. In 2002 he was elected to the International Academy of Trial Judges. In 2005 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from William Mitchell College of Law.

Morrow currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Group.  He has served in the past as president an original member of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court; past secretary of the MSBA, Civil Litigation Section, Governing Council; former chair-elect of the Minnesota State Bar Young Lawyers Section; and a former volunteer Legal Aid Attorney.  He has served as a volunteer Trial Judge for Futures in Learning Law Program, a judge for the National College Mock Trial Tournament, and a volunteer appellate judge for Hamline University School of Law since 1990.