NICOLE MORRIS,Esq.

I was raised in a single parent household by my mother along with my brother on the Westside of the City. I am honored to be a product of the Rochester City School District. I attended Clara Barton School #2, James Madison Middle School and John Marshall High School. After graduating from High School, I entered into the 2+2 Program, where I earned my Associate’s at Monroe Community College and my Bachelor’s at the State University College at Buffalo in Criminal Justice. After earning my Bachelor’s Degree, I went on to Buffalo Law School, where I earned my Juris Doctor. 

After graduating from Law School, I decided to return back to Rochester and serve my community in the capacity as an attorney. I began my career as a Foreclosure Defense Attorney with Empire Justice, at the peak of the foreclosure crisis. While there, I represented low-income clients in Tax and Mortgage Foreclosures. While the work was rewarding and I appreciated the opportunity to help individuals in my community save their homes, I was reminded of one my heart desires, which was to be a Public Defender and I accepted a position with the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.

While at the Public Defender’s Office, I have handled thousands of misdemeanor-level cases, throughout Monroe County, including Town, Village and City Court. I represent clients from immediate arraignment through trial. I’ve also represented clients on Parole Violations and in Treatment Courts. I work countless hours trying to get the best outcome for my clients. I know how City Court works.

As a lifelong city resident and public defender, I know the importance of a courtroom where individuals are treated with compassion and respect, where victims are heard and where restorative justice is served. 

I believe in giving back to the community, not only as a public defender but as a volunteer. As a member of the Rochester Black Bar Association, I mentor young aspiring lawyers through the Lawyers Explorer Program. My husband Justin and I are dedicated to the young people in this community. Justin is a Lead Shelter Counselor with The Center for Youth. He is also employed with the City of Rochester Pathways to Peace as a certified gang specialist at Franklin High School.

I love this City! I am a product of the City! I am committed to this City! This City has helped shaped me to be the woman and attorney I am today.

It is my desire and passion to continue to serve my community as a Rochester City Court Judge. It is my hope that you will support me on this journey. Thank you for your consideration.