A Mount Pleasant law firm has created a scholarship fund and training program at the University of South Carolina School of Law in honor and memory of a co-founder.
Motley Rice established the Ronald L. Motley Memorial fund at the school after Motley’s death on Aug. 22.
Motley was named “one of the most influential lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal. He graduated from USC in 1966 and received his law degree from USC School of Law in 1971.
During his career Motley spearheaded litigation against the tobacco industry and took on litigation as lead counsel for the 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism, according to the firm.
“This scholarship and training program is part of how the firm is not only paying tribute to Ron, but helping continue his great legacy through the next generation of trial lawyers,” stated Motley Rice co-founding member Joe Rice. “Ron lived life proudly as a trial lawyer and was dedicated to assisting those who wanted to pursue a career in trial advocacy and litigation. Through this fund, Motley Rice will be able to help ensure this type of education and training continues at Ron’s adored alma mater.”
The scholarship will provide funds to entering USC law students with a preference given to students displaying a commitment in pursuing a career in civil litigation, according to the firm.
Also, the Ronald L. Motley Civil Litigation Training Program will provided resources and training for third-year law students through one or more five-credit-hour courses, where students will handle a mock litigation matter.
“We believe these capstone courses will be a great step forward in preparing students for the actualities of practice, including document drafting, discovery preparation, witness interviewing, expert witness depositions and negotiation skills,” said Robert M. Wilcox, USC School of Law dean. “To the maximum extent possible, students will be given a realistic experience in complex litigation matters that Ron Motley and his firm helped to pioneer.”