The Michigan House of Representatives on March 2, 1999, adopted a resolution honoring Claudia House Morcom, one of the state’s leading lawyers and retired judge.
Morcom, a Detroit native, earned a degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1956.
In 1960, Morcom became the first African-American woman to work at the nation’s first racially integrated law firms — Goodman, Crockett, Eden and Robb — which was known for its labor and civil rights advocacy.
During “Freedom Summer” in 1964, she volunteer to help register African-Americans in Mississippi to vote. In 1972, Morcom became an administrative law judge for the Michigan Department of Labor, Bureau of Workers’ Disability Compensation.
In 1983, Gov. James Blanchard appointed her to the Wayne County Circuit Court. She was the first African-American woman to serve in that capacity.
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith lauded her to the Detroit Free Press.
“She was deeply committed to the welfare of this community,” Keith said.
Morcom died in 2014. She is a member of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.