“Martha’s Moment” was created in memory of Martha D. Dicus to remember those lawyers who passed too soon, but during their lifetimes displayed a tremendous commitment to public and professional service in the legal community.
Morrison earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Michigan and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1975. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1997.
Morrison was a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough where his practice focused on technology law and litigation, business and product liability, and securities litigation. In a career spanning almost forty years, he tried more than 260 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts across the country and argued more than 60 appeals in the nation’s highest courts. He had also argued before the United States Supreme Court.
Morrison spent almost 30 years molding the minds of young law students as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he taught courses in legal writing and trial advocacy. He published numerous articles and essays, primarily in the fields of technology, advocacy, professionalism, evidence and damages.
Morrison was active in the law community, serving as president of the Voice of the Defense Bar, chairman of the SC Bar House of Delegates and president of the Lawyers for Civil Justice. Because of his service to the profession, the SC Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association awarded him the Robert Hemphill Award.
In the community Morrison also served on the boards of Allen University, Benedict College, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Columbia Museum of Art, the Foundation for Columbia’s Future, Historic Columbia, Homeworks, the South Carolina Humanities Council and the Palmetto Health Foundation, among others.
Over his career, Morrison devoted thousands of hours in pro bono work in the pursuit of justice, advocating for those who had little or no access to civil legal aid. He freely invested his time to represent the poorest, most isolated and predominantly African American public school children in South Carolina. He was co-counsel in the case of Abbeville et al v. State of South Carolina, working for equality in education funding for the youth of South Carolina. Because of this work, the SC Education Association honored him with the 2012 Walker E. Solomon Award for working for the eradication of racial inequities in the education profession, school and community.
To join in the celebration of Stephen Morrison, plan to attend Gala 2015. Tickets can be ordered online or via phone at (803) 765-0517. Those wishing to commemorate this honor may also send a tribute gift for Mr. Morrison by downloading the Foundation’s donor form or giving online.
The South Carolina Bar Foundation funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Since 1987 the Foundation has allocated approximately $47.6 million to various legal-related organizations that work on behalf of the justice community. For more information, visit www.scbarfoundation.org.