Those accused of criminal offenses need an attorney who will listen, who understands hardship and who will vehemently advocate for their rights and guide them through the winding maze of legal worries. That's where Kristie Morris comes in.
Kristie is a passionate attorney who works tirelessly advocating for the rights of those accused of criminal offenses. Her passion stems largely from her upbringing – she was raised in foster care by a single African America woman, in low-income housing. Her unique upbringing is what motivated her to become a criminal defense attorney – to fight for the underdog.
Kristie Morris is a Marin County native who graduated from Tamalpais High school in 2003. Prior to attending law school, she attended the University of California, Berkeley, for undergrad. While there, she majored in legal studies, played on the Cal Women's Rugby Team, and studied abroad in Barbados. After graduating from college, Kristie returned to her childhood neighborhood and taught kindergarten at a scholastic academy for low-income children. She also helped run a non-profit organization for low-income people. Kristie worked as a teacher and with the non-profit until starting law school in the fall of 2010.
Kristie attended law school at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. During her time in law school, she earned several Witkin awards for the highest grade in her class; she contributed to the Moot Court and Mock Trial teams and worked as a teacher's assistant for trial advocacy and advanced trial advocacy. She graduated Cum Laude in 2013 and was a recipient of the Scribes American Society of Legal Writers Award.
Both during law school and while waiting for bar results, Kristie interned at various public defender offices, including the San Francisco Public Defender and the Marin County Public Defender Office. She also worked part-time for a private criminal defense attorney in San Francisco. Once she received her bar results, Kristie moved to Los Angeles where she worked for the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office. During her time in LA, she handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases, including everything from gang enhancement cases, DUI's and domestic violence cases with serious collateral consequences. She has conducted hundreds of hearings and dozens of trials with successful results.
Kristie worked for the Los Angeles Public Defender for two and a half years before returning home to the Bay Area. Once back in the Bay Area, she immediately began working for the Marin County Public Defender, gaining additional, valuable experience in a conservative jurisdiction. She is excited to have recently joined Wilber Law Offices, to continue her advocacy work in private practice.