Michael T. Morley

Michael Morley

Michael T. Morley

Assistant Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 313
Phone: 850.644.2579


J.D., Yale University, 2003
A.B., Princeton University, 2000

Professor Morley joined FSU Law in 2018, and teaches and writes in the areas of election law, constitutional law, remedies and the federal courts. 

Before joining FSU Law, Professor Morley was an associate professor at Barry University School of Law. Prior to his experience in academia, he held numerous positions in both private practice and government, including as special assistant at the Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Army, at the Pentagon, clerk for Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and as an associate at Winston & Strawn, LLP, in Washington, D.C. 

Professor Morley earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2003, where he was a senior editor on the Yale Law Journal, served on the moot court board and received the Thurman Arnold Prize for Best Oralist in the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals.

Select Recent Publications

Vertical Stare Decisis and Three-Judge District Courts, 108 Geo. L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2020)

Disaggregating Nationwide Injunctions, 79 Ala. L. Rev. 1 (forthcoming 2020)

Defeating the Nondelegation Doctrine, ___ Admin. L. Rev. Accord ___ (forthcoming 2019)

Spokeo: The Quasi-Hohfeldian Plaintiff and the Non-Federal Federal Question, ___ Geo. Mason L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2019)

Book Review, Republicans and the Voting Rights Act, 54 Tulsa L. Rev. 281 (2019)

Beyond the Elements: Erie and the Standards for Preliminary and Permanent Injunctions, 52 Akron L. Rev. 457 (2019)

Prophylactic Redistricting? Congress’s Section 5 Power and the New Equal Protection Right to Vote, 59 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 2053 (2018)

Election Emergencies: Voting in the Wake of Natural Disasters and Terrorist Attacks, 67 Emory L.J. 545 (2018)

The Federal Equity Power, 59 B.C. L. Rev. 217 (2018)

The Disparate Impact Canon, 166 U. Penn. L. Rev. Online 249 (2018)

Nationwide Injunctions, Rule 23(b)(2), and the Remedial Powers of the Lower Courts, 97 B.U. L. Rev. 615 (2016)

Dismantling the Unitary Electoral System? Uncooperative Federalism in State and Local Elections, 111 NW. U. L. Rev. Online 103 (2016)

De Facto Class Actions? Plaintiff- and Defendant-Oriented Injunctions in Election Law, Voting Rights and Other Constitutional Cases, 39 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 487 (2016)

Non-Contentious Jurisdiction and Consent Decrees, 19 U. Penn. J. Const. L. Online 1 (2016)

Contingent Constitutionality, Legislative Facts, and Campaign Finance, 43 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 679 (2016)

The New Elections Clause, 91 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online 79 (2016)