November 06, 2018

Photo of Judge Denise Langford Morris

Three student organizations at Detroit Mercy Law—the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the Women’s Law Caucus and the Law Review—plan to honor Detroit Mercy Law alumna Judge Denise Langford Morris '82 by donating a portrait of her to the School of Law and by recognizing her in a portrait unveiling ceremony on Mar. 8, 2019, International Women's Day. The portrait unveiling will take place at the conclusion of the 2019 Law Review Symposium: Women and the Law.

Judge Langford Morris has served on the Oakland County Circuit Court since 1992. She was the first African American elected to the Oakland County Circuit Court. Previously, she was an assistant U.S. attorney, civil division, an assistant Oakland County prosecutor, and a trial attorney in private practice specializing in insurance defense and in numerous other areas of law. She worked for the Michigan Department of Social Services as a protective services worker while attending law school. She earned her law degree from Detroit Mercy Law in 1982 and is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

She also has been a devoted alumna of Detroit Mercy Law and a role model and inspiration for students.

“Judge Langford Morris exemplifies the best of Detroit Mercy Law graduates,” said Dean Phyllis L. Crocker. “She is a leader in our community who is committed to public service and to mentoring our students and graduates so they, too, become leaders.”

BLSA, the Women’s Law Caucus, and the Law Review are holding several fundraisers to raise money for the portrait. To show your support and help the students reach their $3,000 goal, donate here