Sandra Joan Morris Interviewed by The Daily Transcript
SCMV attorney Sandra Joan Morris was recently featured in The Daily Transcript as part of the publication's Q&A Profile series.
With a career spanning more than 49 years, Ms. Morris has handled a broad range of family law issues both as a counselor and litigator. She has been certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California since 1980 and is known as one of the top family law attorneys in the U.S. In her interview with The Daily Transcript, Ms. Morris shared her thoughts about her practice, as well as how far women have come in the legal industry.
When Ms. Morris was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1970, law firms were not hiring women. The public sector at most hired a token woman in each one, and then closed ranks. So she choose to go into private practice with her then-husband, rather than experience the humiliation of rejection that her female colleagues were enduring.
According to Ms. Morris, women now comprise at least half, and sometimes more, of the law schools' populations and there are more women on the bench at all levels, along with close to half the representation in the public sector.“However, we still have not attained equality in partnerships, especially equity partnerships and managing partnerships in law firms. Or income,” she said.
Ms. Morris also offered her thoughts on the recent #MeToo movement, saying “Hopefully, it has empowered women to stand up, know they are not alone, and that they will have support if they come forward.
Even after 49 years, Ms. Morris is still motivated to practice law. “I genuinely like my clients and appreciate the opportunity to help them through a very difficult time in their lives. It has always been challenging, and never boring, not only because the law has evolved and become much more sophisticated over the span of years, but also because I have been able to shift my focus when I needed a new challenge,” she said.
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