Holcomb appoints longtime magistrate as next Allen County judge, making history

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Magistrate Lori Morgan has been named a judge in the Allen Superior Court’s Family Relations division.

“It is awesome and amazing,” said Morgan. “It’s almost a lifelong dream come true.”

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday that Morgan has been appointed to succeed Judge Charles Pratt, who retired in May.

Her new position made history, as she is the first Black female to be named a judge in Allen County.

“It means an opportunity for me to make a difference in a huge way for children and families and Allen County, letting them know that people of color can do good things in our community,” said Morgan. “It’s been a lifelong dream to make a difference in the lives of children and families, it helps to know that I’m a woman of color, and I just want to make a difference in general. I want to inspire young people, all young people.”

Morgan is currently serving as a magistrate in the Family Relations division, where she has served for 26 years. From 1990-1995, she was a sole practitioner in Fort Wayne, handling a wide variety of cases.

She is the longest serving female magistrate in Allen County history, and the only African American woman to ever hold the position.

ChangeMakers Fort Wayne petitioned Holcomb to appoint Morgan as the next judge in Allen Superior Court.

Morgan earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Iowa.

She will formally be sworn in sometime within the next 30 days.

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