Hon. 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)
  • Chair, National Bar Association Judicial Council 2013-2014; National Board Member 2005-2014
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Recipient: 1997 Oakland County Bar Association's Professionalism Award; 2007 State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award; 2008 CLEO Legacy Award; 2013 Black Women Lawyers Torchbearer of Justice Award
  • University of Detroit Board of Trustees


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.