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Memory Hold The Door

Orientation Display

Roll of Inductees

During the orientation welcoming speech, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs uses examples from Memory Hold The Door biographies to highlight the professional virtues that law students should cultivate as lawyers. In addition, the law library mounts a display that celebrates the lives and accomplishments of four Memory Hold The Door honorees.

The display is located on the first floor of the library, between the South Carolina Legal History Collection and the Attorneys Room, and will be available during the fall semester.


Alfred Cleo Mann (1889–1956)
"He developed a large practice by scrupulous integrity, thorough, conscientious work. His arguments to juries and judges were based on logic and reason. To him, the practice of law was a mission seeking the goal of truth."

Miss James M. Perry (1894–1964)
"Measured by her sense of responsibility for her clients, for mankind and animals in need, and measured further by a desirable pride in her profession, she was a definite success."

Moultrie Dwight Douglas (1901–1980)
"A man of the highest integrity, he disdained pretense and sham. He was a firm advocate, yet was courteous with his adversaries. He was full of good humor and stories of courts and lawyers past. … . He regarded the practice of law as a public trust rather than as a conduit to great wealth."

Joseph Oscar Rogers, Jr. (1921–1999)
"Joe Rogers firmly believed in the legal profession as a noble calling, which required keen intelligence, skill and integrity. Those were the qualities which marked the passion and action of his professional and political careers."


Jean Galloway Bissell (1936–1990)
"Distinguished herself with grace and dignity on the Bench. She set the standards high and was a role model, particularly for female lawyers entering practice during later years. The outstanding judicial legacy which she leaves will serve as a model of excellence for generations of upcoming young attorneys during the years ahead."

Charlton DuRant (1874–1953)
"Charlton DuRant believed that moral rectitude and impeccable conduct were essential attributes of a lawyer. His life exemplified the role of a lawyer in his community."

Carlisle Roberts (1909–1975)
"Above all, his unerring legal judgment, scholarship and perseverance gained for him, among Bench and Bar, a superb reputation for excellence, a hallmark of the man."

Jonathan Jasper Wright (1840–1885)
Contemporary news accounts of his election to the Supreme Court describe Wright as quiet, decent, decidedly intelligent, with no "little knowledge of the law". Charleston (S.C.) News, quoted in The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter (1869–70) (London).


John Betts McCutcheon, Jr. (1936–1990)
"Mr. McCutcheon was a man of great intellectual and legal ability, but, looking beyond such attributes, he was a man of personal grace, dignity and respect for God and man."

David W. Robinson, Sr. (1874–1953)
"Mr. Robinson was an admirable citizen, scrupulously honest and of great ability, professionally and otherwise. 'He never shirked the unpleasant features of a legal fight when to do so might gain his own personal advantage.'"

Ellen Hines Smith (1909–1975)
"Ellen spent her life breaking glass ceilings, not aggressively, or from selfish motives, but through sheer ability, energy and a compassion for her fellow human beings."

Thomas Porcher Stoney (1840–1885)
"He excelled at both the law and politics. An exceptional advocate, stump-speaker without peer, he could sense the reactions of jurors and voters who responded to his vivid personality, his reasoning and his innate character, honesty and integrity. He enjoyed the affection of most of those who knew him, the sincere respect of all."


Harriet M. Johnson (1958–2008)
"The presence or absence of a disability doesn't predict the quality of life … . We take constraints that no one would choose and build rich and satisfying lives within them."

Louis Rosen (1910–1989)
"First, last and always, a Judge should be a gentleman, in every sense of that word. He should be learned in the law and have uncommon common sense. He should be impartial and without prejudice. He should administer justice according to the law and treat his office as a public trust for it is a public trust -- a very sacred public trust." He held court in a firm and disciplined manner, and always with the courtliness of a southern gentleman. Honesty, fairness, wisdom and integrity were the hallmarks of his court.

Patrick Henry Nelson (1910–1964)
He combined a military bearing with a quiet manner and friendly disposition. He loved hunting and fishing for the companionship it allowed with his devoted friends. A specialist in the defense of tort litigation, he was thorough in preparation, straightforward in presentation and tenacious and patient in protecting his client's interests. His reputation was as a wise counsel and an able trial lawyer.

William Davis Melton (1868–1926)
He was an able lawyer, whose activities include City Councilman, Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, prominent war work and organizing the efforts of the Bar. He served as Chairman of the South Carolina Board of Law Examiners. His greatest contribution was in the field of education. He served with great success as President of the University of South Carolina from 1921 until his death in 1926. The progress which the University of South Carolina made during his administration was outstanding.


Philip Alston Willcox (1866–1922)
"He had a keen mind, was quick in perception, powerful in analysis, and could resolve an intricate legal problem with ease. … Philip Alston Willcox was a good man, lawyer and a gentleman. To know him would enrich your life."

The Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr. (1921–2011)
"As his legal career progressed, Judge Perry would eventually play a central role in almost every case that integrated South Carolina's public schools, hospitals, golf courses, restaurants, parks, playgrounds and beaches. He individually tried more than 6,000 cases, and his work led to the release of nearly 7,000 people arrested for protesting various forms of segregation."

H. Grady Kirven (1925–1994)
"Grady was a trial lawyer of the highest caliber. His integrity and strength of character were the hallmarks of his career and of his relationship with associates, adversaries and the court. … Grady was a quiet, courteous and conscientious gentleman who pursued his career and conducted his life with unwavering integrity and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession."

The Honorable Mary E. Buchan (1952–2007)
"Judge Buchan was a member of the S.C. Bar, Marion County Bar Association, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, S.C. Family Court Judges Association, S.C. Women Lawyers Association and Commission on Judicial Conduct. She was admitted to practice in all S.C. courts and in the U.S. District Court for the District of S.C."


Christie Benet (1879–1951)
He was "a man of rugged honesty and a great advocate before juries. A life of service that brought him eminence at the Bar and distinction as a public servant and citizen."

Sylvan Lewenthal Rosen (1913–1996)
"Sylvan Rosen was a skillful trial lawyer … (a) splendid lawyer who served his community and his profession so well."

John Calvin Bruton (1907–1969)
"Cheerful and optimistic in adversity, a firm friend, legal scholar, imaginative and thorough, a fine lawyer."

The Honorable Carol Connor (1950–2004)
"Her legal decisions will continue to guide the law of this State, as her example of a life superbly and splendidly lived will continue to inspire all who know her or may come to know of her." (quote from the SC Judicial Department website)


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!'"