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Denise Langford Morris, Retired Judge, Oakland County Circuit Court Inducted into Michigan Women Forward’s Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Denise Langford Morris, Retired Judge, Oakland County Circuit Court Inducted into Michigan Women Forward’s Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Hall of Fame award recognizes lifetime of dedicated service within Michigan community

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Grand Rapids, MI. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to announce that Denise Langford Morris, Retired Judge, Oakland County Circuit Court has been nominated for and inducted into the Michigan Women Forward’s Hall of Fame Class of 2023.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1983 by Michigan Women Forward (MWF) to tell the stories of women’s contributions to Michigan’s history and to inspire future generations. Induction into the Hall of Fame is intended to reflect and celebrate a lifetime of dedicated service within the state. MWF is a community development organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunity, empowering the next generation and celebrating and honoring the accomplishments of Michigan women.

“Judge Langford Morris has been incredibly influential in both her time on the bench in Oakland County and her time as a mediator and arbitrator. Her ability to work with parties from all walks of life and commitment to the rule of law has earned her the respect and admiration of her peers. We are so pleased to congratulate her on this achievement and honored to have her on our panel.”

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Judge Langford Morris joined JAMS in Detroit in 2022 after serving on the Oakland County (Michigan) bench for 30 years. She was the first African American and the first female dean of the Oakland County bench since its inception in 1848. During her tenure on the bench, she presided over thousands of civil, business, family and criminal cases, including jury and bench trials. She managed every aspect of the cases assigned to her from filing to post judgment in an AAA-bond-rated county of over 1.2 million people. Judge Langford Morris retired as the first African American chief judge pro tempore to serve on the court.

Prior to her time on the bench, Judge Langford Morris also served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Civil Division of the East District of Michigan. In her role at JAMS, she serves as an arbitrator, mediator and special master/referee, handling business and commercial, professional liability, real estate, torts, employment, family law, products liability, and class action and mass tort disputes. 

An induction ceremony will be held on December 6 to recognize Judge Langford Morris and this year’s other inductees. More information can be found here and the full list of inductees can be found here.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 30 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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