Jessica Morton is senior counsel at Democracy Forward Foundation, where she has focused on federal criminal legal system issues, including efforts to rescind the Trump-era Department of Justice’s statement on forensic science reform, as well as challenges to abuses of executive power at the state level.
Before joining Democracy Forward, she was a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she practiced complex civil litigation at all three levels of the federal court system. Morton also maintained a significant pro bono practice, including criminal defense cases ranging from hearings on violation of supervised release to litigation in the Supreme Court.
Morton clerked for the Honorable John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Honorable Albert Diaz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Morton graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as Executive Articles Editor of the Michigan Law Review. She also holds an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.