Hon. Denise Langford Morris

Judge Edward Sosnick is serving as an interim judge, handling the docket previously assigned to the Hon. Denise Langford Morris, until such time as a new judge is appointed by Governor Whitmer. All protocols previously used by Judge Langford Morris remain.

Chief Circuit Judge

  • Oakland County Circuit Court Judge since 1992; first African American elected in Oakland County; first female dean since 1848
  • 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 (Civil Division)
  • Director, Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society 
  • Director, William Booth Legal Aid Clinic (Salvation Army)
  • Chair, National Bar Association Judicial Council 2013-2014  
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Recipient: 2019 AHRC Award; First woman portrait unveiled at University Detroit Mercy 2019; Michigan Defense Trial Counsel 2019 Judicial Excellence Award; 2018 Woman Lawyers Association Justice Mary S. Coleman Award; 2017 Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic Esteemed Women of Michigan Award; 2016 Cass Technical High School Centennial Illustrious Alumni Award; 2015 National Bar Association Judicial Council Thurgood Marshall Award; 2013 Harold Hood Association of Black Judges Award; 2012 American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Guardian of Justice Award; 2008 CLEO Legacy Award; 2007 State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award; 1997 Oakland County Bar Association's Professionalism Award
  • Former Director Detroit Mercy Law Board of Trustees
  • Founding member, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
  • Former Governing Board Member, Michigan Judges Association
  • Former Director, Help Against Violent Encounters Now (HAVEN), Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Oakland County (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, American Bar Association Judicial Division's National Conference of State Trial Judges Executive Board
  • American Bar Association – Member of the House of Delegates representing the National Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Co-Section Director Equal Justice Division; Co-Section Director Equal Justice Division; Women's Task Force and Co-Chair Judicial Function  

COVID-19 Court Protocols

COVID PROTOCOLS for Judge Langford Morris will continue in effect until further notice.  However, if the Governor, Legislature, or the Supreme Court issue an order requiring an extension of existing shelter at home requirements, these protocols will continue until such an extension terminates.

During the duration of this order, the court will not conduct in-court, personal, proceedings. The COVID-19 Court Protocols takes precedent over the below protocol.



In order to serve the attorneys and litigants appearing in Judge Langford Morris' courtroom, we have adopted the following guidelines.  Please advise your clients and staff so that there are no misunderstandings.  You can obtain a copy of the Protocol by clicking the highlighted link.