MEET JUDGE MORGAN

Public service is the essence of Judge Mike Morgan.  He has been a judge for over 27 years spanning three different judgeships:

  • 2005-present: Superior Court Judge, elected in Wake County
  • 1994-2004: District Court Judge, Wake County
  • 1989-1994: State Administrative Law Judge

In addition, as a veteran faculty member of the National Judicial College located on the campus of The University of Nevada, Judge Morgan has taught and trained judges from all over the United States and its territories for the past 24 consecutive years.  In recognition of his stellar instruction, Judge Morgan was awarded the institution’s V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence for 2014-2015, emblematic of the National Judicial College’s National Teacher of the Year. But Judge Morgan’s public service includes more than just his judicial experience in the courtroom and classroom.

Judge Morgan was reared in New Bern, North Carolina by parents committed to serving their community.  His late father, Leander Morgan, Sr., was elected to three terms as Mayor of New Bern, the first and only African-American to serve as the city’s mayor.  Judge Morgan’s mother, Barbara Morgan, was a four-term school board member.  Together, Judge Morgan’s parents dedicated themselves to community leadership while continuing the family business of over 80 years, Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home.  As the eldest of their five children, Judge Morgan has joined his adult siblings in pursuing this family legacy of public service, community uplift, educational attainment, integrity and respect.

Professional

Judge Morgan’s own historic community involvement began at an early age.  As an 8-year old fifth-grader in 1964, young Mike was the first black student to attend all-white Trent Park Elementary School as one of five black students to integrate the New Bern public school system that year.  In high school, he became the first black drum major of the marching band of New Bern High School, the city’s only public high school at the time.

Upon graduation from the New Bern Public Schools, Judge Morgan attended Duke University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Sociology.  He furthered his education at North Carolina Central University School of Law distinguishing himself by serving as student body president in his final year of law school and earning his Juris Doctorate with Honors.

With his law degree in hand, as a young attorney, Judge Morgan provided legal services on behalf of the citizens of North Carolina on the staff of the North Carolina Department of Justice for ten years.  In recognition of his exemplary legal abilities and strong work ethic, his judicial tenure began at this stage in his legal career.

While Judge Morgan has been a member of a host of professional organizations and associations throughout his distinguished career, he has still faithfully rendered service to the community through Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, an organization of which he became a charter member of the Duke University chapter as a college student.  Judge Morgan is also a member of the professional brotherhood Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

For over half of his judicial career, Judge Morgan has been on the Board of Directors of Re-Entry, Incorporated, an organization which provides guidance and opportunities to individuals who seek help in successful transitions after involvement in the criminal justice system.

Other community based entities and programs with which Judge Morgan has worked are the Methodist Home for Children, Strengthening the Black Family and the Garner Road YMCA.

Judge Morgan is an active member of Rush Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Raleigh where he serves as Chair of the Steward Board, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the male chorus and in other leadership and membership capacities.  Judge Morgan is married with an adult daughter and adult stepson.

Judge Morgan has a unique blend of veteran judicial experience in the courtroom, lengthy judicial teaching in the classroom, proven leadership in the legal and wider community and steadfast commitment to society which eminently qualify him to be an Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Professional Career

  • 1979 – 1980: Research Assistant, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • 1980: Admitted to the North Carolina State Bar for the practice of law
  • 1980 – 1982: Associate Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • 1983 – 1989: Assistant Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • 1989 – 1994: Administrative Law Judge, North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings
    ○  In December 1989, administered oath of office to father, the first and only black to serve as mayor of New Bern, NC (“Swearing in His Dad”, Jet Magazine, February 19, 1990 issue)
  • 1994 – 2004: District Court Judge, Judicial District 10 (Wake County), upon appointment by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., hearing and resolving legal issues in the areas of criminal, civil, family, juvenile, domestic violence, child support, traffic and involuntary mental health commitment law
    ○  Certified as juvenile law judge in 1995
    ○  Elected in 1996 by the voters of Wake County
    ○  Re-elected in 2000
    ○  Designated “Lead Judge” by Chief District Court Judge in 2001 for Wake County’s juvenile abuse, neglect and dependency court to facilitate its administration and to supervise its Court Improvement Project
  • 2005 – Present: Superior Court Judge, Judicial District 10-B (Wake County), upon election by Wake County voters, hearing and resolving legal issues in the areas of criminal, civil, traffic, involuntary mental health commitment, and administrative law.

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • United States District Court Bar for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar
    ○  Board of Directors, 1997 – 1998
    ○  Committees: Endowment Award and Oversight, Nominations, Memorials
  • North Carolina Association of Superior Court Judges
    ○  Education Committee
    ○  Frequent continuing judicial education presenter
  • North Carolina Association of District Court Judges, 1994 – 2004
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
    ○  Board of Directors, 1997 – 1998
    ○  Committees: Endowment Award and Oversight, Nominations, Memorials
  • North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
    ○  Board of Governors, 1992 – 1997
  • Capital City Lawyers Association
    ○  President, 1994
  • Susie Sharp Inn of Court
    ○  President, 2008 – 2009
  • North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (1999 – 2004, 2008 – 2013, through appointment by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of North Carolina)
  • North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission (2014- Present, through appointment by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of North Carolina)
  • Chief Justice’s Media and the Courts Commission (2000 – Present, through appointment by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of North Carolina)
  • Racial and Ethnic Bias Consortium representative for North Carolina (through appointment by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of North Carolina)
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law Alumni Association
    ○  National President, 1991 – 1992
    ○  National Vice-President, 1990 – 1991
    ○  Board of Directors, 1989 – 1990
  • The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada
    ○  Visiting faculty member since 1993
    ○  “Lead faculty” designation bestowed in 2000
    ○  Faculty Council, 2006 – 2008
    ○  “Hall of Honor” inductee, 2008
    ○  V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence recipient, 2014 (emblematic of National Faculty Member of the Year)
  • Adjunct professor, North Carolina Central University School of Law (1998 and 1999)
  • Frequent presenter at continuing judicial education and continuing legal education programs, seminars and workshops

Civic Memberships and Activities

  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
    ○  Chapter Basileus (President), 1991 – 1993
    ○  Grand Marshal, 2008 – 2010
  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • NAACP, Life Member
  • Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association
  • Voter Education Coalition
  • Martin Luther King Celebration Committee
  • Re-Entry, Incorporated Board of Directors
    ○  Vice-President, 2000 – Present
  • Frequent speaker for church programs, youth activities and community events

Past Civic Memberships and Activities

  • Methodist Home for Children Board of Directors
  • Strengthening the Black Family
  • 100 Black Men of America
  • Wake County Bar Association / City of Raleigh “Lunch with a Lawyer” partner
  • Garner Road YMCA Board of Directors
  • Omega C.H.A.M.P.S. Mentoring Program Board of Directors
  • Raleigh / Wake Chapter of the National Panhellenic Council
    ○  President, 1994 – 1995
  • Radio talk show co-host for 2 1/2 years for monthly legal affairs segment of “Let’s Talk” featuring WLLE-AM’s host Frank Roberts
  • Wake County Teen Court Volunteer Judge
  • Radio guest presenter for legal affairs segments of “Traces, Faces and Places” featuring WSHA-FM host Margaret Rose Murray

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Men of America, 1980 and 1989
  • Omega Man of the Year, Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 1989
  • Daniel Sampson Alumni Award, North Carolina Central University School of Law, 1991
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority National Hall of Fame Honoree, 1994
  • Citizen of the Year, Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 1994
  • Award of Merit in Field of Politics, Raleigh / Wake Chapter of the National Panhellenic Council, 1995
  • Distinguished Service Award, Garner Senior High School, 1996
  • “Together We Achieve” Service Award, Cary High School, 1996
  • Renaissance Award, Raleigh Men’s Council, 1996
  • “Leadership on the Horizon” Award, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, 1996
  • A.M. “Gus” Witherspoon Award, Raleigh / Wake Chapter of the National Panhellenic Council, 1998
  • Founders Award, Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 2000
  • Sixth District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Founders Award for North and South Carolina, 2001
  • International Founders Award of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, 2002
  • Award of Appreciation, New Bern Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 2004
  • Service Award for Commitment and Dedication to Foster Children, Wake County Human Services, 2004
  • “Overcomer of the Odds” Award, Save The Seed Foundation/City of New Bern, 2005
  • “Hall of Honor” inductee, The National Judicial College, 2008
  • “Peace for Justice” recognition, Wilson Temple United Methodist Church, 2008
  • “Service to the Legal Community” Award, The New Bern Alumni Group, 2008
  • Achievement Award, The Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Church, 2008
  • Achievement Award, Tenth Judicial District Bar, 2010
  • “Pillar of the Community” Award, Rush Metropolitan A.M.E.Z. Church, 2013
  • V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence, The National Judicial College, 2014

Personal

  • Member of Rush Metropolitan A.M.E.Z. Church, Raleigh, NC
    ○  Chair of the Steward Board
    ○  Preacher’s Steward
    ○  Sunday School teacher
    ○  Men’s Fellowship
    ○  Men’s Day Committee
    ○  Budget Committee
    ○  Pastor Appreciation Committee
    ○  Estimations Committee
    ○  Sons of Varick (Chair, Raleigh District A.M.E.Z., 2007 – 2008)
    ○  Co-chair, New Sanctuary Committee
  • Married; one daughter, one stepson
  • Hobbies: Music, reading, sports

OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY RESUME

  • Initiated in Omega Zeta Chapter, Duke University, Durham, NC on April 12, 1974 (charter line)
  • Has held memberships in Lambda Kappa Chapter (inactive), North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC and Nu Alpha Chapter, New Bern, NC
  • Member of Iota Iota Chapter, Raleigh, NC since 1982
  • Life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity since 1993

International Service

  • 2008 – 2010: Grand Marshal for 76th Grand Conclave held in Raleigh, NC
  • 1998 – 2002: Chairman, Constitution and Bylaws Committee
  • 1996 – 1998: Member, Constitution and Bylaws Committee
  • 1995: Co-chairman, International Leadership Conference held in Raleigh, NC

Sixth District (NC and SC) Service

  • 1996 – 2002, 2003 – 2008: Chairman, Undergraduate Committee
  • 2002 – 2003: District Marshal for 58th Annual District Meeting held in Raleigh, NC
  • 1991 – 1995: Chairman, Regional Membership Intake Team, Area 10 (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Oxford-Henderson)
  • Former member, Achievement Week Committee

Chapter (Iota Iota) Service

  • 1991 – 1993: Basileus (President)
  • 1989 – 1991: Vice-Basileus (Vice-President)
  • 1986 – 1988: Keeper of Records and Seal (Secretary)
  • 1985 – 1986: Assistant Keeper of Records and Seal (Assistant Secretary)
  • 1983 – 1985: Parliamentarian
  • Committee participation
    ○  Present: Chairman, Talent Hunt Committee; Member of Achievement Week and Awards Committee, Bylaws Committee
    ○  Past: Co-chairman, Achievement Week and Awards Committee; Chairman, Awards Committee

Miscellaneous

  • Attended 2014, 2010, 2002, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1986, 1977 and 1976 International Conclaves
  • Attended 2009, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995 and 1991 International Leadership Conferences
  • Attended majority of Annual Sixth District Meetings beginning 1987
  • Drafted and presented the Resolutions for three consecutive Annual Sixth District Meetings
  • Keynote speaker for chapters’ Annual Achievement Week programs in Fayetteville, NC; Goldsboro, NC; Greensboro, NC; New Bern, NC; Rocky Mount, NC; Washington, NC; Wilson, NC; Greenville, SC (twice); Kingstree, SC (thrice)
  • Keynote speaker for Omega Zeta Chapter’s 20th Anniversary Banquet

Honors and Awards

  • International Headquarters’ 40-year membership recognition, 2014
  • International Founders Award, 2002
  • Sixth District Founders Award, 2001
  • Iota Iota Chapter Founders Award, 2000
  • International Headquarters’ 25-year membership recognition, 2000
  • Iota Iota Chapter Citizen of the Year Award, 1994
  • Iota Iota Chapter Omega Man of the Year Award, 1989