Karen Morris

Karen Morris

Professor / Monroe Community College

Karen Morris is an elected Town Justice in Brighton New York, a Professor of Hospitality Law and Business Law at Monroe Community College (MCC), and an author. She has written several textbooks including Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Law, A Preventive Approach currently in its ninth edition and published by Kendall Hun  She also co-authors a treatise for lawyers on New York Criminal Law.  She writes a column for Hotel and Motel Management Magazine titled Legally Speaking, and wrote a blog for Cengage Publishing Company. She also published Law Made Fun through Harry Potter’s Adventures, and Law Made Fun through Downton Abbey.

Professor Morris is a past president of several organizations including the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, and Text and Academic Authors Association, a national organization that advocates for the rights of educational content providers.  Her favorite volunteer activities include being a Big Sister in the Big Brother program which she has done for 30 years, serving lunch on Mondays at the Salem Soup Kitchen, and entertaining children as a magician for not-for-profit agencies.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University and earned a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Trade Regulation from New York University.  She previously was in-house counsel for Macy’s Department Stores (and still misses her employee discount and marching in the Thanksgiving Day parades), an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, and an attorney in private practice.

She is the recipient of numerous awards from students, the State University of New York, the Monroe County Bar Association, and Text and Academic Authors Association.  She was the first community college professor in New York State to be designated a Distinguished Professor.


Rochester, New York