2015 Memory Hold The Door Honorees
The Memory Hold The Door induction ceremony will be held on January 22, 2015 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center during the 2015 South Carolina Bar Convention in Columbia, S.C. The 2015 Memory Hold The Door inductees are:
- Isadore S. Bernstein
- Coming B. Gibbs, Jr.
- G. Dewey Oxner, Jr.
- D. Michael Parham
- H.F. "Pete" Partee
- Claude M. Scarborough, Jr.
- Robert P. Wilkins, Sr.
- Hon. Karen J. Williams
- Eugene N. "Nick" Zeigler
During Orientation, examples from four Memory Hold The Door biographies are cited to highlight the professional virtues that law students and lawyers should cultivate. In addition, the law library mounts a display that celebrates the lives and accomplishments of the four Memory Hold The Door honorees. The attorneys honored in the current display are:
- William Thomas Aycock (1868 – 1928)
- "Advocate, legislator, judge, teacher and citizen, he acquitted himself of each with distinction and enriched, beyond his time, the Community that he graced."
- Coleman Karesh (1903 – 1977)
- "A master teacher, his scholarship was precise and profound, his teaching blended wit with wisdom. Long after graduation, his students, judges and lawyers alike, constantly sought his counsel. No man in his generation had as much influence on the State of South Carolina's Bench and Bar. He lives in the hearts of those who felt his reverence for the law and loyalty to its principles."
- Ray Robinson Williams (1889 – 1987)
- Born blind, "[n]otwithstanding his handicap, Ray Williams maintained a wonderful philosophy, "What others can do, I can do also." He was a formidable advocate in trial work, asked for no concession and gave none."
- Martha B. Dicus (1949 – 2012)
- "Martha believed that while many practicing lawyers recognized the importance of public service law, they had no idea how 'fun it was to do.' She often said 'if every attorney knew what a blast it was to be a legal aid lawyer and public defender, there would be no one left in the law firms!'"
The display is located on the first floor of the library, between the South Carolina Legal History Collection and the Attorneys Room.