Judge John E. Morse, Jr. has been an outstanding judge since he was appointed to the State Court of Chatham County in 1992 by Governor Zell Miller. He has amassed an excellent reputation for his evenhanded adjudication of the law. He is noted for courteous treatment of all who come before him.
When Judge Morse was first appointed to the State Court of Chatham County, he was one of the youngest judges in Georgia. Even so, he was known for his calm temperament and thorough knowledge of the law. In 1993, he became the Chief Judge of the State Court before being elevated 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 is a native Savannah, born and raised in the Yamacraw Community. He attended the public schools of Chatham County before 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 and continued his education at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and received 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).
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. He has been an ordained minister for 25 years, and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Pleasant Grove A.M.E. Church in Hinesville, Georgia.
Because of his distinguished career as a judge and his impressive record of community service, we are urging our readers to vote to re-elect Judge John E. Morse to the Superior Court of the Eastern Judicial Circuit (Chatham County). He has earned our respect and support.