MORRIS

FOR

SUPREME COURT

Paid for by the 2022 Committee to Elect Kerry J. Morris for the New Mexico Supreme Court

Kerry has lived in Albuquerque for most of his 70 years. He grew up here with his father and mother and 2 brothers, Larry and Terry. He attended Bel Air elementary school, McKinley Junior high school, and Del Norte high school.

After high school, Kerry attended the University of Albuquerque and UNM. He graduated with a B.A. in 1977 and a juris doctorate degree from UNM Law School in 1981.

Upon graduating, Kerry was hired by the District Attorney, Stephen Schiff, and worked as a prosecutor.

Kerry then opened his own law firm, ABQ Law Clinic/Morris Law Firm, which is now in its 37th year serving clients. Kerry represents individuals, local businesses, and government entities. He has helped clients in a wide variety of legal fields, including accident and insurance cases, wills and estate planning, real estate, conservatorships, and business, consumer, and construction law. He has also held lawyers accountable for malpractice, provided legal guidance for religious institutions, and mediated disputes as a third-party neutral.

The practice of law in Albuquerque has given Kerry a window into many people’s lives, cares, and hopes. Helping a family get the insurance money they need to pay for surgery, guiding a small business through the negotiations for a major contract, or helping parents pass down a legacy to their children and grandchildren, makes law practice into service rather than warfare. Kerry has won a lot of jury trials, but his goal is always to be a problem-solver; quoting Abraham Lincoln’s Notes for Young Lawyer, “As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man.”

Before he started his law firm, Kerry had other business experience. He opened and ran an Indonesian restaurant with a friend for three years, then a Mexican-American restaurant after that. Kerry has also worked as a stockbroker and as an insurance salesman, and for a brief time he sold mobile homes.

Kerry believes truth and justice are real. They can only be protected through the rule of law and respect for the Constitution. Understanding the crucial importance of the judiciary, Kerry began to be involved in judicial politics early in his career as a lawyer.

In 1986 Kerry was asked by the Republican Party of New Mexico to recruit lawyers with a conservative constitutional view to run for judge. At that time, there were just over 150 judgeships in the state of New Mexico and only a small number of these positions were occupied by Republicans. Kerry successfully recruited Republican lawyers to run for each and every judgeship that was up in Bernalillo County and for the statewide appellate court races, and these candidates won several races. Many remained on the bench until they retired. This brought about a more balanced judiciary.

Today we are faced again with a situation in which the judiciary is overwhelmingly dominated by one party. No Republicans serve on the New Mexico Supreme Court, and only one Republican serves on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. It is time for a change to a more balanced judiciary that better represents the views of New Mexicans.

The most important for last: In the middle of the 1986 election, Kerry met and married his wife Gloria. They have been married now for 36 years. Gloria is an accountant and manages the law firm she and Kerry started together. They have one son, Andrew who graduated from Columbia of Chicago in 2020 and works in Los Angeles, California as a commercial photographer.