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langfordmorris.jpgHonorable Denise Langford Morris


  • Oakland County Circuit Court Judge since 1992; first African American elected in Oakland County
  • Private practice attorney with extensive civil and criminal experience in state and federal courts
  • Former Oakland County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Former Assistant United States Attorney Eastern District of Michigan
  • Founding member, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
  • Former Governing Board Member, Michigan Judges Association
  • Former Director, Help Against Violent Encounters Now (HAVEN), CANCO, and Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA)
  • Former Member: Michigan Supreme Court Civil Jury Instructions Committee, Michigan Supreme Court Access to Justice Committee
  • Past President, Association of Black Judges of Michigan
  • Director, Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society 
  • Board Member, William Booth Legal Aid Clinic (Salvation Army)
  • National Board Member, National Bar Association Judicial Council; Recording Secretary, 2009-2010
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Recipient: 1997 Oakland County Bar Association's Professionalism Award; 2007 Michigan African American Pioneer by Comcast and McDonalds; 2007 State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice award; 2008 CLEO Legacy award
  • The Native Detroiter Magazine 2008-2009 “One of Detroit’s Best” Award