University of Denver

Michelle Morley

Circuit Court Judge, Fifth Circuit, Sumter County, Florida

Michelle Morley serves as a Circuit Court Judge in the Fifth Circuit, Sumter County, assigned to family, dependency, delinquency, probate, guardianship, and mental health matters as well as other civil matters. She graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1986, and the University of Tampa in 1984. She was a member of the Board of the Florida Chapter of AFCC from 2007 through 2017 and co-chairs the FLAFCC Eldercaring Coordination Initiative. She is on the Steering Committee and serves as a Stakeholder on the Florida W.I.N.G.S. Project. She is a member of the Parenting Coordinator Disciplinary Review Board and the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission. She has served on the Florida Supreme Court Baker Act/Marchman Act Work Group, the Florida Supreme Court Guardianship Work Group, and the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

She has taught at Florida Judicial College, the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges Annual Conference, the College of Advanced Judicial Studies, the National College of Probate Judges, State of Idaho Magistrate Judges Annual Conference, the International Federation on Aging, the AFCC Annual National Conference, the Australia National Mediation Conference, the FLAFCC Annual State Conference, the State of Florida Department of Children and Families Services Annual Summit, the Florida Dispute Resolution Center Annual Conference, and at various mediation training programs including the University of South Florida. She was inducted into the Stetson University College of Law Hall of Fame in October 2019. In 2018 she was part of a presentation to the United Nations on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and in 2019 she was part of a U.S. Department of Justice Judicial Roundtable on Elder Abuse in Washington, D.C., for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. She is the 2019 recipient of the Judge Gladstone Award.