Linda Morrissey was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Oklahoma when she was one year old. Though she lived in Tulsa throughout most of her adolescent years, she spent a lot of time on her grandmother’s farm near Haskell, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school in Tulsa she earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching and a master’s degree in counseling from Oklahoma State University in 1977 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1980.
As a Tulsa County District Judge, Morrissey has presided over several dockets. Many courtroom innovations have occurred under her judgeship including the establishment of the first courtroom in Tulsa County that focused completely on child support as well as the creation of a new Families in Transition Plan that removes disputing families from courtrooms and places them instead in front of mediators.
Judge Morrissey has been active in many law-related organizations throughout her career. In 1997 Morrissey was awarded the Judge of the Year Award by the National Child Support Enforcement Association, the Pinnacle Award for public service, and was recognized by Tulsa People magazine as “A Rising Star.” In 1998 Morrissey received the President’s Award from the Tulsa County Bar Association and in 1999 was the Newsmaker Award recipient. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003.
Morrissey and her husband John Nicks have three children, Denver, Travis and Savannah.
(Bio current as of 2009)