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Linda Morrissey
Born(1953-03-27)March 27, 1953
Alma materOklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma College of Law
OccupationTulsa County District Judge
Spouse(s)John Nicks

Linda Morrissey is a Tulsa County district judge. During her time as a judge, Morrissey has influenced the addition of the first courtroom in Tulsa County that dealt strictly with child support, as well as the Families in Transition Plan that removes disputing families from the courtroom and gives them an audience with mediators. In 2003, among other awards, Morrissey was inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame for her contributions to the Tulsa County judicial system.

Early life

Linda Morrissey was born in Washington D.C. on March 27, 1953. When she was only a year old, her family moved to Oklahoma and she spent the majority of her childhood on her grandmother's farm in Haskell, Oklahoma. Morrissey graduated from high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After high school, Morrissey attended Oklahoma State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in teaching and a master's in counseling in 1977. While working on her master's at OSU, Morrissey served on the Academic Appeals Board, an opportunity from which she decided to pursue a career in law rather than teaching. Immediately after, she went to the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Juris Doctor in 1980.[1]

Career

Toward the beginning of 1981, Morrissey went to work as a lawyer for Cities Service Oil Company. For about ten years, Morrissey worked as an oil and gas lawyer. She later went to work for the Resolution Trust Corporation. When they closed their Tulsa office, Morrissey went to work at the Court of Civil Appeals. She worked as a staff attorney for justice Danny Bordeaux. After she worked for the Court of Civil Appeals for three years, Morrissey applied for a position on the district court as a special judge. In 1995, Morrissey was selected as a special judge and has been on the bench ever since.[2] In this position Morrissey presides over the Felony Criminal Docket, a Drug Court Docket, a Mental Health Docket, a Domestic Violence Docket, and the Child Support Enforcement Docket. During her time as a judge, Morrissey has influenced the addition of the first courtroom in Tulsa County that dealt strictly with child support, as well as the Families in Transition Plan that removes disputing families from the courtroom and gives them an audience with mediators.[3]

Awards

For all of her work in the Tulsa County judicial system, Morrissey has been recognized with many awards, including:

References

  1. ^ Nykolaiszyn, Juliana (May 15, 2009). "Oral history interview with Linda Morrissey". Inductees of the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame Oral History Project. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Civil Division". Tulsa County District Court. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Linda G. Morrissey". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ "2003 Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame". Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Ceremony to honor accomplishments of state inductees". The Oklahoman. March 23, 2003. Retrieved 22 July 2015.