Today, the University of South Carolina School of Law mourns the loss of a distinguished alumnus, an accomplished attorney, and an inspiring adjunct faculty member. Stephen G. Morrison, class of 1975, unexpectedly passed away on October 27.
A partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Morrison practiced in the areas of technology and litigation, business liability, product liability, and securities litigation. He was most widely known in Columbia, and across South Carolina, for his role as an advocate for equal funding in SC schools and for his work as a patron of the arts.
He served on numerous community boards, including Benedict College, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Foundation for Columbia’s Future, Allen University, Homeworks, the South Carolina Humanities Council, the Richland-Lexington Cultural Council, and the Palmetto Health Foundation. Additionally, he was elected to the chairmanship of the Columbia Urban League, the presidency of the Columbia Museum of Art, and the presidency of the Historic Columbia Foundation.
As an adjunct professor since 1982, Morrison inspired more than a generation of lawyers, who learned how to be strong advocates for their clients. Teaching advocacy was a passion for him, and on many occasions he commented that his time spent teaching at the law school each week was one of the most enjoyable parts of his daily work.
“The University of South Carolina School of Law family is deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague Steve Morrison, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to Gail, Gregory, and the entire Morrison family,” said Rob Wilcox, dean of the School of Law. “In everything he did, Steve acted always with grace, humor, and a boundless sense of compassion. We will miss his unmatched intellect, his sincerity, and his unfailing ability to inspire those around him to strive for excellence. Our students and graduates have benefited enormously from his guidance in the classroom for many years, and his passing leaves a void that will be hard to fill.”