The Right Coast

March 11, 2004
Norval Morris
By Gail Heriot

Norval Morris, the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law & Criminology Emeritus at the University of Chicago, was my criminal law teacher back in the late 1970s. He collapsed and died at a restaurant this week at the age of 80. I almost never agreed with him about anything, and evidently a significant number of the members of Congress felt as I did, since they forced President Carter to withdraw his nomination as head of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. (A quick and somewhat unfair summary of Morris' views: Putting criminals in prison is usually excessive and counter-productive.) But he was an interesting and entertaining figure as well as a talented teacher and storyteller. He will be missed.