Denise Langford-Morris

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Denise Langford-Morris
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Court Information:
6th Circuit Court, Michigan
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Gov. John Engler
Active:   1992-2019
Past post:   Assistant U.S. Attorney
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Wayne State University
Law School:   University of Detroit Mercy - School of Law
Grad. School:   Wayne State University
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  6th Circuit Court
State:  Michigan
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Election vote:  17.06%ApprovedA

Denise Langford-Morris is a judge for the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County, Michigan. She was appointed to this position by former Governor John Engler in August of 1992. She was elected to a full term in 1994 and was re-elected in 2000 and 2006. Her current six-year term ends on January 1, 2019.[1][2][3][4]


After receiving an A.A. degree from Highland Park Community College, Langford-Morris attended Wayne State University, where she received a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts (1975) and an M.A. degree in Guidance and Counseling (1978). She then worked for the Michigan Department of Social Services as a protective services worker for a few years while attending law school. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Detroit Mercy - School of Law in 1982.[5]


Langford Morris began her career in 1984 working in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. She later worked for two years as a private practice lawyer before becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit (Eastern District of Michigan). She held that position until her judicial appointment in 1992.[5][6]



Langford-Morris was one of seven candidates competing for five seats in the general election on November 6, 2012. She was re-elected with 17.06 percent of the vote.[7] [8]

See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2012

Bar association ratings

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

The WLAM rated candidates running for judicial office with one of four ratings: Outstanding, Well Qualified, Qualified or No Rating.

Langford-Morris was rated as Outstanding.[9]

Wolverine Bar Association

Langford-Morris received a rating of Extremely Well Qualified from the Wolverine Bar Association (timed out).[10]


Incumbents decry interest group advertisement

In October, the five incumbents running for re-election to the 6th Circuit Court united to condemn an attack ad aimed at Judge McMillen, which was run by the Virginia-based group Americans for Job Security. In a meeting, Judge Warren said,

We felt that it was very important that to maintain the integrity and independence of the judiciary that we unite together and stand against attempts to subvert our independence and integrity of the court, and try to politicize what should be a nonpartisan, non-political position.[11][12]

In a statement on his website, challenger William Rollstin says,

Just as challengers to incumbents express their displeasure with the status quo, so too can citizens affect the process...It’s ironic that a slate of candidates, unified by incumbency and not by ideological or philosophical bonds, would whine about following the law as determined by judicial precedent passed by the highest court in the land [Citizen's United v. Federal Election Commission].[13][12]

2010 Supreme Court election

Main article: Michigan judicial elections, 2010

Langford Morris ran as a Democratic candidate for a Michigan Supreme Court judgeship on November 2, 2010. She was defeated by incumbent Judge Robert P. Young, Jr.[14]

Langord Morris's campaign website described her as, "the candidate whose entire career has been on the front lines balancing Michigan justice as a judge, an attorney, an investigator. Always face to face up close and personal."[15]

Campaign video for Langford Morris

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