Hon. Elizabeth S. Morris
Elizabeth Sheree Morris is the first African American woman to serve as a judge for Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. She began her tenure on October 17, 2018, serving as only the third black judge in the court’s history.
Growing up in an immigrant working-class family from Jamaica, Judge Morris always had dreams of becoming a lawyer. Even when she was quite young, she was always outspoken. A preschool report from the age of four explained Judge Morris tended “to get into other peoples’ affairs and [would] correct people, even adults.” Raised in a single-parent household by her mother in a town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the value of hard work was instilled by her mom who worked multiple jobs to put her in a private Catholic School in the area. As a result of an image, she saw on a television series, The Huxtables, Morris always wanted to be an attorney.
She received her Law Degree from the University of Maryland Law School and went on to serve four years as legal counsel at the National Security Agency. Judge Morris remarked, “The agency prepared me well because it was a very fast-paced environment where I dealt with a lot of different issues and . . . a diverse population.”
She spent eight years as an assistant attorney general and was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to be the first black judge of the Circuit Court. Governor Hogan referred to Judge Morrison as a “terrifically talented woman.”
Judge Morris served seven years in the Attorney General’s Office splitting her time between the office’s contract litigation division and with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for compensation and work-related cases: “The Office of General Counsel [. . .] prepared me because our responsibility is to give advice, so the agency follows the law.”
Judge Morris has lived in Anne Arundel County since 2007 and has two children, a son, and a daughter. She believes that race does not matter when it comes to the county’s judiciary: “The bench should be representative of the community . . . it instills public confidence in the judiciary that matters will be heard fairly and impartially.”
Overall, Judge Morris sees herself as a person who can “open doors for young girls who will one day follow in her footsteps.”