May 16, 2019 — E. Lee Morris, a 1993 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, has been selected by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Texas for a term of 14 years.
Prior to his appointment, Morris practiced bankruptcy law for 25 years, including more than 15 years at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas where he also served on the firm’s management committee for several years.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the public in this way,” Morris said. “Such an opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the faculty and my classmates at the University of Houston Law Center, both during and following my law school days.”
Morris found interest in bankruptcy law during an externship at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston as a 3L at the Law Center. He decided to focus his practice in this area of the law because of the impact it can have on the lives of everyday individuals.
When reflecting on his time at the Law Center, Morris said contributing to the Houston Law Review and the lively discussions in Professor John Mixon’s first-year property law class are memories that stick out the most.
As Morris enters this new chapter of his legal career, he looks forward to working with talented bankruptcy professionals from around the country and using his position to continue to give back to the community in a meaningful way.
When asked what he believes makes one an effective jurist, he explained, “Prior to taking the bench each day, I make it a point to remind myself of the following values that I personally find to be critical to service as a federal judge: humility, empathy, integrity, impartiality and patience.”