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Constitution Award

Judge Joseph Morris2011 Honoree

The Honorable Joseph W. Morris
Former United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

The Honorable Joseph W. Morris served as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma from 1974-1978.

He received A.B. and LL.B. degrees from Washburn University in 1943 and 1947, respectively. He also earned LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan Law School in 1948 and 1955, respectively.

Morris served for three years as dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he taught Oil and Gas Law for more than 20 years and continues to teach Arbitration Law.

Prior to his deanship, Morris served in the legal department of Shell Oil Company and as general counsel for Amerada Petroleum in Tulsa. After retiring from the bench, he served six years as vice president and general counsel of Shell Oil Company.

Since 1984, he has been a member of the board and a shareholder of the law firm GableGotwals, Tulsa. During that time, he has focused on matters of alternative dispute resolution and has chaired or served as an arbitrator in a substantial number of commercial arbitrations, both domestic and international.

He also serves as a trustee for the Sarkeys Foundation and was formerly a State Regent of Higher Education for the State of Oklahoma.