COLUMBIA (WACH) - While the City of Columbia mourns the loss of Steve Morrison, it's also taking the time to remember his legacy. Not just on the part of the attorneys that he worked with during his long and illustrious career, but also on the part of the students that he taught while a professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
One of those students was James Smith, who now owns his own practice, is a member of the state legislature, and a member of the National Guard.
"I remember many things about Steve, but I remember being a student of his and his excitement for the law and being an advocate was infectious." says Smith.
And Steve's passion for advocacy definitely did not go unnoticed by his colleagues in the law.
"The truth is he was an absolutely fabulous lawyer. Maybe one of the best, certainly one of the best, lawyers in the country. Right here in Columbia, South Carolina. And people called on him from all over the country and really all over the world to be their advocate, and he was an amazing advocate." says Joel Smith, a former colleague of Morrison.
An amazing advocate who spent time teaching future attorneys how to create their own mark in the community.
"He wanted his students to find their own voice in the courtroom. Not be Steve Morrison, which would have been impossible, but to be Dick Willis or to be Stephanie Helling, to be yourself, to find your own voice. It was amazing to watch people over the course of 13 weeks achieve that." says Dick Willis, who taught Trial Advocacy with Morrison for 13 years.
People like James Smith, who admits Steve was on a level all his own, but who also embraced sharing his knowledge with others.
"I can say with confidence I've never been quite as good as Steve, but I have loved and appreciated the lessons he taught us and the opportunity to use those." states Smith.
And now those lessons are being carried on in every person Steve touched as they move forward without his presence.
"It's just hard to imagine Columbia and South Carolina without him because he's so important to so many aspects. From preservation efforts in our community, from the arts, from making sure the law is serving everyone." concludes Smith.