Roslyn R. Morrison has been a public defender at the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice in Brooklyn for the last 15 years. Prior to joining the Decarceration Project in late 2018, Ros was the Specialty Attorney in Brooklyn’s Misdemeanor Treatment Court (MBTC) for six years, where she helped develop and implement broad changes in how treatment court functions: by modifying the length of treatment, having more flexible modes of engagement, and drastically reducing penalties faced by people in recovery.
Ros is on the Board of Alliance of Families for Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to systemic criminal justice reform by supporting, empowering and mobilizing system-involved people and their loved ones to marshal their voting power and advocacy skills to bring about systemic change. She also participates in Community Law Days, has hosted seminars and Know Your Rights trainings, and Mock Trial and Introduction to Restorative Justice forums for NYC high school students. Ros is also a mentor to two local high school students.
During law school, Ros completed an internship at the Legal Resources Centre, South Africa’s first public defense organization in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she also completed a semester of law school at the University of the Witswatersrand. Ros was a member of the Human Rights Law Review and also completed an externship with Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York.
Ros graduated magna cum laude from New York University, where she majored in Political Science with a double minor in French and History. While there, she was on the Dean’s List, a University Scholar and traveled to Puerto Rico, New Mexico and Thailand as part of the Dean’s Leadership Circle. Ros is a graduate of Columbia Law School.