Ryan W. Morris, Esq.

Phone: (215) 790-3822


As the Executive Director of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Ryan combines a knowledge and understanding of the legal issues facing the creative community with an abiding passion and love for the arts, as well as a dedication to public service. After hearing about the incredible impact and mission of PVLA as a law student at Temple University, Ryan signed on to volunteer as a Legal Services Coordinator (LSC), assisting clients with their applications for legal services and facilitating assignments to volunteer attorneys across the region. During his time as an LSC, Ryan became intimately familiar with the day-to-day operations of PVLA, and witnessed firsthand the need for pro bono legal services among the city’s under-resourced arts community. Now, Ryan manages and leads his own team of LSC’s in carrying out PVLA’s mission to support the arts in Philadelphia, and continuously works to improve and develop new programs and strategies to increase the organization’s impact in the creative sector.

Prior to accepting the Director position with PVLA, Ryan served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Nina Wright Padilla in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division.  There, Ryan honed his legal research and writing skills, drafting opinions and bench memos on a variety of statutory appeals and class action cases. Ryan has also held positions with both the Philadelphia and Montgomery County District Attorneys’ Offices, representing the Commonwealth in juvenile trials and probation violation hearings. During law school, Ryan worked as an academic research assistant with law professors in Temple University’s Intellectual Property Department, researching materials for a scholarly article on the issue of secondary liability for ISP providers in copyright infringement cases under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Additionally, Ryan has served as a Staff Editor on the Temple Law Review, writing a piece centered on the legislative evolution of copyright law.

Ryan holds a J.D. from Temple University Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. Ryan is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, serving on the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, the Law Firm Pro Bono Committee, and the Intellectual Property Law Committee.