During fall law school orientation, a few biographies from Memory Hold the Door are cited to highlight the professional virtues that law students and lawyers should cultivate. In addition, the Law Library curates a display that celebrates the lives and accomplishments of the highlighted honorees.
The attorneys honored in the current display are:
Henry Edward Young (1831–1918)
“He was remarkable for the care and thoroughness he gave his cases. His briefs were noted for accuracy and precision. His arguments were models of clearness and compactness.” Henry Young was one of the founders of both the American Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar Association.
The Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr. (1921–2011)
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. Judge Perry became South Carolina’s first African-American Federal District Judge in 1979.
The Honorable Ann L. Furr (1945-2016)
When her husband was drafted for the Vietnam War, she chose to follow him to Vietnam, where she became a social worker in the Saigon city jail. Upon returning to South Carolina, she earned a law degree, opened a law practice, and became the first woman judge on Columbia’s municipal court. She later became the chief judge. After retirement, Judge Furr joined the Peace Corps and served in both Afghanistan and Azerbaijan helping develop emerging legal systems.
The display is located in the Coleman Karesh Reading Room on the second floor of the Law Library.