Motley Rice LLC has established the Ronald L. Motley Memorial Fund at the University of South Carolina School of Law in honor and memory of its co-founding member who passed away on August 22.

The fund is designed to promote the teaching and education of students through both a scholarship and civil litigation training program.

The Ronald L. Motley Memorial Scholarship will provide much-needed scholarships to entering University of South Carolina law students, with a preference given to students who have displayed a commitment to pursuing a career in civil litigation.

Named by the National Law Journal as “one of the most influential lawyers in America,” Motley earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 1966 and in 1971 graduated from the USC School of Law with a juris doctor.

He exposed asbestos manufacturers and the harmful and disabling effects of occupational, environmental and household asbestos exposure. He went on to spearhead the historic tobacco litigation against the tobacco industry and took on cutting-edge complex litigation as lead counsel for the 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism.

While building Motley Rice into the firm that it is today, Motley was also known for his dedication to USC as well as his passion for mentoring lawyers and colleagues at Motley Rice and throughout the legal community.

Contributions to help enable this initiative may be sent to: USC School of Law, 701 S. Main Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Checks may be made payable to USC Foundations with Ronald L. Motley Program in the memo line.