Judge Morris's Biography
THE HONORABLE ROYCE L. MORRIS, Judge, Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. Sworn in January 2, 2018.
After more than 25 years of distinguished service as an attorney and civic service to his community, Royce Morris was elected to serve as a Judge on the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas in 2018. He began working for the Dauphin County Public Defender’s office in 1991 and served as Chief Deputy in that office from 1996-1999. In 1999, Judge Morris joined the law firm of Goldberg Katzman and was elevated to Partner in 2002. Throughout his legal career, Judge Morris represented individuals and corporations in criminal matters, and municipalities as solicitor and general counsel, often litigating complex and politically sensitive matters on behalf of those clients in county, state and federal courts.
Judge Morris has provided numerous Continuing Legal Educations Seminars for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, having previously served that organization as president, vice president and treasurer. He was an adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College teaching criminal law and criminal evidence for more than ten years. Judge Morris received a gubernatorial appointment to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and served on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Task Force on the Code of Judicial Conduct. Judge Morris serves on the House of Delegates for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is the former chair of the Equal Professional Opportunity Committee for the Dauphin County Bar Association and the Capital Area Managing Partners Diversity Initiative. Named by Philadelphia Magazine as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” from 2008-2017, he rated at the highest level of professional excellence, AV preeminent, by his peers at Martindale Hubbell.
He is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland. He also completed an intensive program at the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. Judge Morris is also very involved in the community. Having served on the Board of the Harrisburg Regional Police Athletic League. He volunteered his time for nonprofits, as a youth sports coach and Cub Scout leader. In 2016, he received the Mayor’s Award for Distinguished Public Service. A New Jersey native, Judge Morris moved to the Harrisburg area in 1991 with his wife. He is the father of two sons, and enjoys spending time with his family and sporting events in his spare time.