Michael T. Morley is a Washington, D.C. attorney who specializes in commercial, appellate, and election law. He graduated Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs magna cum laude in 2000 and Yale Law School in 2003, where he served on the Yale Law Journal and moot court board, and won the Thurman Arnold prize for best oralist in the school's annual moot court competition.
After graduating, he clerked for Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Following his clerkship, he worked for over three years as a litigation associate at Williams & Connolly where, among other things, he helped prepare the prevailing merits briefs in a U.S. Supreme Court case. He then accepted a Schedule C appointment in the administration of President George W. Bush as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army in the Pentagon. Morley helped oversee the Army's civilian litigation and appeals docket, was responsible for developing the Army's position on numerous international law issues, and represented the General Counsel on certain interagency committees. Morley was awarded the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Army Staff Lapen Pin for his service.
Morley has served as legal counsel to several state and federal political campaigns, candidates, and parties. He has argued over a dozen appeals in courts throughout the nation, as well as numerous election-related cases, including U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller's election challenge before the Alaska Supreme Court. Morley presently is a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer-in-Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches legal research and writing. His research focuses on civil procedure, separation of powers, and election law.