Charles E. “Chuck” Morris, a partner at the law firm of Parker and Lundy and Associate Judge for the Juvenile Courts of Polk and Haralson Counties, has announced his candidacy for Judge of Superior Court for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit.
“I am honored by the support and encouragement I have received from our local legal community, and many others, in my efforts to be your next Superior Court Judge,” Morris said. “With Judge Richard Sutton’s retirement, our circuit will be selecting a new judge for the first time in over a decade. My experience, with over fifteen years as a practicing attorney and over six years as an Associate Judge in Juvenile Court, has prepared me for service in this vital role.”
Morris is a graduate of the University of the South and Georgia State University. He joined Parker and Lundy in 1998, where he has since worked and served in Polk and Haralson counties.
“My background, representing people in jury trials and contested hearings before State and Federal Courts across Georgia, provides me with a strong base of knowledge and experience,” he said. “I will be ready, from day one, to continue our circuit’s tradition of solid, experienced leadership on the Superior Court bench.”
In addition to his law practice, Chuck has served as an Associate Judge for the Juvenile Courts of Polk and Haralson County since 2007. During his time on the bench, Morris said he’s “learned how important it is that our courts conduct their business with efficiency and professionalism.”
“We often face difficult decisions in dealing with allegations of abuse, neglect and deliquency. During my years of service,I’ve helped clarify the legal process for the teens and families who appear in Juvenile Court,” he said. “I have also reinforced the efforts of parents, teachers, law enforcement officers and community leaders, who advise and support our children outside of the courtroom. In Juvenile Court, cases aren’t measured by wins and losses. Instead, we focus on whether the children and families involved receive the support and structure needed to prosper, and while also providing the challenges and consequences to get them back on track.
Outside of the courtroom, Morris has a long history of working with local organizations in service to the community. He served as President of the Cedartown Kiwanis Club, Campaign Chairman for the Cedartown United Fund, Chairman of the Cedartown Civic Arts Commission, and is a member of the Cedartown Walk of Fame committee.
He is also a co-founder of the Cedartown Theatrical Performers’ Company, which provides an outlet for local children and teenagers by producing a Broadway-style musical production each summer.
Morris also serves as President of the Rome Little Theatre, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.
Morris is married to the former Megan Keating, a graduate of Berry College and Executive Director of the Rome Little Theatre. His stepson Grayson is a junior at Western Carolina University, where he is a political science major and member of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.
The election for Superior Court Judge is non-partisan. The election will be held May 20, 2014, and early voting starts April 28, 2014. The Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit includes Polk and Haralson Counties.