Portrait Unveiling

Following our 2019 Symposium: Women and the Law, a portrait unveiling ceremony and reception celebrating alumna and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise K. Langford Morris will be held in the Detroit Mercy Law Atrium (651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit).  The cocktail reception begins at 5:00 p.m. The unveiling and remarks are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. 

Please RSVP by March 4:  http://law-school.udmercy.edu/langford-morris/.

“Judge Denise Langford Morris was an easy choice for us because she demonstrates the characteristics that we all strive to have as women lawyers. She has served as a mentor to students a mentor to students, a role model to young lawyers, and above all, a friend


in the community. She is relatable, and as law students, we appreciate the opportunity to learn from her. Her success in the legal community comes not only from her hard work, but also from her passion in wanting to make a difference. We?are?proud?to present Judge Langford Morris with this honor.”
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Painted by Detroit artist Henry Heading, the framed portrait is a gift from four Detroit Mercy Law student organizations—Law Review, Black Law Students Association, Women’s Law Caucus and Student Bar Association. The portrait, which is the School’s first of a woman, will be permanently displayed in the halls of Detroit Mercy Law.

About Judge Denise K. Langford Morris:  

For 26 years, Judge Langford Morris has served on the Oakland County Circuit Court, the first African American jurist on the bench. 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. She worked for the Michigan Department of Social Services as a protective services worker while attending law school. She graduated from Detroit Mercy Law in 1982 and is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Judge Langford Morris is a devoted Detroit Mercy Law alumna and a role model for law students and legal professionals.  In 2018, she received the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) Mary S. Coleman award, a prestigious honor bestowed to a member of the Michigan judiciary whose leadership, talent and significant contributions provide a role model for women in the profession.  She is also a founding member of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, a proactive organization of diverse attorneys which has helped promote legal practice opportunities for people of color for nearly 30 years.