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Remembering Professor Arval Morris

Professor emeritus Arval Morris

A memorial service for UW School of Law Professor Emeritus Arval Morris will be held Sunday, September 28 at 2 p.m. at the University of Washington Club on campus. Morris, who, with Seattle lawyer Ken MacDonald, challenged the 1960's state mandated loyalty oath and won, died September 15 at age 80 in a Seattle nursing facility after a long illness.

Morris arrived at the law school in 1955 as an adjunct professor. Known to students as "Arval the Marvel," he was regarded as a dynamic young professor with an interest in constitutional law and civil liberties issues, Dean Emeritus Ron Hjorth told the Seattle P-I.

"Students from the early years knew the feisty guy who would take on any issue, who loved any argument," Hjorth said.

In 1962, Morris founded the Asian Law Graduate Program with colleagues Cornelius Peck and Ralph Johnson.


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