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Cole, Morris Edward

(born: 1933  -  died: 2016) 

In Denver, CO, Morris Edward Cole was the first African American district court judge, and the first African American juvenile court judge. After earning his undergraduate degree in 1958 from Ohio University, he moved to Colorado and enrolled in the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. He was one of the first African American students at the law school. Morris E. Cole and Billy Lewis were the first to open an African American law firm in Denver. When he was 56 years old, Morris E. Cole retired, and went on to teach criminal law at Metropolitan State University in Denver. Morris E. Cole was born in Barbourville, KY, the son of Roscoe and Delora Love Cole. In 1945, the family moved to Columbus, OH. Morris E. Cole later joined the military, and after his discharge he went on to college. Morris E. Cole was the husband of Luleen Y. Jamison Cole. For more see N Munio, "Groundbreaking judge dies at 83, " The Denver Post, " section DTW, p.10B, and "Judge Morris Edward Cole" on p.4 of 5 Points News, June 2016.

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