E. G. “Gerry” Morris is a sole practitioner in Austin, Texas. He has practiced in the field of criminal defense, both state and federal, almost exclusively for 36 years. He focuses primarily on trial work but also handles appeals and other post judgment relief. He is certified as a criminal law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His trial work has included cases ranging from driving while intoxicated cases, to complex federal trials to capital murder. His most publicized case was the “Branch Davidian” case where he won an acquittal on all counts for his client.
He has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since that recognition began in 2003. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America every year since 1995 and was honored in 2012 by that publication as Best Lawyer in the field of non white collar criminal defense in the Austin Area. He has earned an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has also been honored by the National Trial Lawyers as among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the South Texas region.
Gerry is a past president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, an affiliate of NACDL with approximately 3,000 members. He also served in leadership positions in his local criminal defense bar having been presiding director of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Austin Bar Association. He has served as a member of the State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Committee and as a member of the State Bar of Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges Committee.
He has served on the NACDL Board of Directors for thirteen years, beginning as an affiliate representative, then as a two term elected board member, as parliamentarian for one term and for the last four years as an officer. He has held the position of Secretary, Treasurer, Second Vice President, First Vice President, President Elect, President, and his current office of Immediate Past President. His other NACDL activities have included service on numerous committees and task forces. Gerry served a term as chair of the Discovery Reform Committee and a term as co-chair of the Council of Affiliates. He is member of the Indigent Defense Committee and has in the past served three terms as co-chair. As co-chair he oversaw generally the activities of the committee including NACDL’s litigation efforts. He was especially involved in the Misdemeanor Project and served as NACDL’s spokesperson in Texas for the project report. For the past two years he has served as co-chair of the Fourth Amendment Advocacy Committee. Other committee memberships have included the Budget, Audit and Nominating Committees. As treasurer he was chair of the Budget Committee. He was also a member of the Financial Planning Task Force.
Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy Guide
NACDL’s Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence will assist criminal defense practitioners in scoring points when cross-examining forensic experts in cases involving DNA and biological evidence. This resource contains thousands of questions that will help defense lawyers cross-examine challenging witnesses without reinventing the wheel with each new case. It includes pattern questions that can be used to dominate prosecution DNA experts and level the playing field at trial.
Cross-Examination of the Analyst in Drug Prosecutions (2nd Ed.) By James M. Shellow
Now in its second edition with some new material, James M. Shellow’s book offers what its title promises: ways of thinking about cross-examining the forensic analysts in drug cases. But the book is so much more than that. It offers a look inside the mind of one of the finest cross-examiners and defense lawyers the United States has produced in the last seventy years. This small book can inspire and direct you in making big changes in the way you defend your clients and think about the entire project of trying any case.
Justice For All, Justice Now White T-Shirt (Women’s)
This custom, vintage-faded NACDL t-shirt is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon weighing 5.2 oz. and is lightwieght, flexible and soft, providing maximum comfort. It features the "Justice For All, Justice Now" slogan and Lady Liberty image on the front, with the NACDL logo on the back. Currently available in both men's and women's sizes in both black and white colors. View the full line-up of colors and sizes on our online store, as well as our other popular and best-selling t-shirt designs at: nacdl.org/store.
Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection - CD-ROM
NACDL’s Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection is the sweeping culmination of every single article of written materials ever published from each installment of NACDL's annual "Defending Modern Drug Cases" seminar. Totaling over 12,000 pages, this vast collection includes 12+ years of motions, briefs, reports, outlines, transcripts, case citations, scholarly articles, powerpoints and other written commentaries. This collection provides trial strategies and tactics you can immediately apply to your current cases.
Mental Illness & the Law: Addressing and Litigating Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal Cases
Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client. This training provides ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing.