Former mayoral candidate, attorney Steve Morrison dies - - Columbia, South Carolina

Former mayoral candidate, attorney Steve Morrison dies

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Former Columbia mayoral candidate and attorney Steve Morrison has passed away.

Morrison was a partner of the law firm Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, as well as an adjunct professor at the USC School of Law. He had also argued before the United States Supreme Court.

Morrison also served on the boards of Benedict College, Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Foundation for Columbia's Future, Allen University, Homeworks, the South Carolina Humanities Council, the Richland-Lexington Cultural Council, and the Palmetto Health Foundation.

The attorney also bowed out after he came in third in the 2009 mayor's race.

Mayor Steve Benjamin issued a statement Sunday regarding the death of prominent attorney Steve Morrison's passing.

"Today, our city lost a true leader," Benjamin said. "Steve Morrison dedicated his life to fighting for justice and improving the lives of those around him. But he was far more than a fine attorney. He was as passionate about the arts as he was the future of the city he chose to make his home. He was a man who was as quick to laugh as he was to cut through inequality and intolerance. He committed himself to changing the standard of public education in our State and did so." 

"Steve Morrison made a tremendous mark on Columbia and citizens in every field of endeavor," Benjamin added. "South Carolina has lost one of its finest. I extend my deepest sympathies to Steve's wife Gail, his son Gregory, the entire Morrison family and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. He was taken from us far too soon and will be deeply missed and we keep them in our prayers."

Morrison leaves behind a wife, Dr. Gail Morrison, and a son, Gregory Morrison.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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