Judge John E. (Pancho) Morse, Jr. recently announced his re-election campaign to the Superior Court of the Eastern Judicial Circuit (Chatham County).
Judge Morse is a native Savannahian born and raised in the Yamacraw Community. He attended the public schools of Chatham County until transferring to the Savannah Country Day School, where he was the first and only African American to attend until his graduation in 1976. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1979 before attending the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1982.
Judge Morse was employed as a Legal Assistant in the Macon judicial system for Judges C. Cloud Morgan and Bryant Culpepper before returning to Savannah in 1983 to work as the Legal Assistant for Judge Eugene Gadsden. He then worked as an Assistant District Attorney for Spencer Lawton, Jr. for nearly eight years before becoming a supervising attorney for the Drug Prosecution Division for the State of Georgia (Savannah Office).
In July, 1992 Governor Zell Miller appointed Judge Morse to the bench of the State Court of Chatham County, making him one of the youngest judges to be appointed in the State of Georgia.
In 1993, he became the Chief Judge of that court before being appointed by Governor Zell Miller in May 1995 to the Superior Court of the Eastern Judicial Circuit (Chatham County). For the last five years, Judge Morse has also served as the Administrative Judge for the 1st Administrative District of Georgia.
Judge Morse serves on a number of boards, and has been heavily involved in the civic community. In fact, the Savannah Jaycees named him the Distinguished Service Award winner for 1995. In addition, he has been active with a number of youth groups, including the YMCA and Boy Scouts of America.
Moreover, Judge Morse is very active in the religious community as an ordained minister for 25 years and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Pleasant Grove A.M.E. Church in Hinesville, Georgia.
Judge Morse has been married to Debbie Morse for over 33 years and they have two beautiful daughters.