Chris Morrison CNR '72

Chris Morrison, Esq. graduated from the College of New Rochelle (CNR) in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She then went on to earn a master’s in social research from Hunter College in 1974 and her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1979.

Her impressive career included positions as a research scientist for the New York State Department of Drug Abuse Services, assistant district attorney in the Office of the Bronx District, operating her own general law practice, and assistant attorney general for the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Through each of her roles Chris has been proven to be an outstanding lawyer which led to major prosecutions for the New York Attorney General’s office. She used her legal skills to frequently volunteer in her former home state of Pennsylvania assisting in voter registration and has worked nationally to assist with voter protection efforts for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council.

Passionate about volunteerism, Chris is no stranger to giving back and making a difference. She held board and committee positions: for St. Joseph High School for Girls, the Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Literacy Center, and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT). At the Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center she chaired the board from 2008 until their merger with OBT in 2014. An exceptional, dedicated community leader in her Brooklyn neighborhood and at her church, Oratory Church of St. Boniface, she has led successful fundraising efforts not just for the church itself, but for refuge immigrants from Central America. She has changed lives through her dedication to the immigrant community and to improving the public schools in New York City.

In addition to the work she does with her church, she is a dedicated mother, and has been a leader in various parent organizations in her Brooklyn neighborhood, including acting as president for her son’s PTA.

Chris also served on the board of the CNR Alumni Association, doing everything she could to help keep CNR open, and led efforts to identify funding. Though CNR closed, Chris helped many fellow alumni move forward with a sense of connection and appreciation as CNR alumni joined Mercy College. She currently serves as a member of the CNR Legacy Council.

As her fellow CNR alums have described, Chris has the ability to bring people and organizations together in times of crisis and to find a visionary path forward that keeps people connected throughout transition and engaged in the work going forward. She is an extraordinary example of Serviam, I will serve, an alumna who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding leadership, contributions and service in the spirit of CNR.