Law grad honored for lifetime achievements – UofSC News & Events

Portrait of IS Leevy Johnson will be displayed at law school

A portrait of IS Leevy Johnson, ’68 law, was unveiled Monday at the law school in recognition of the pioneering alumnus’ legal, business and political achievements.

A great Gamecock: Johnson, a founding partner of the law firm Johnson, Toal & Battiste, is the first African-American to complete the entire law program at the University of South Carolina. He was one of the first black men elected to the South Carolina General Assembly since Reconstruction, serving from 1970 to 1980, and became the first black president of the South Carolina Bar Association in 1985. His many honors include the Order of the Saw Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor. He is also the owner and director of Leevy’s funeral home in Columbia.

Honoring its impact: “We couldn’t be prouder to have IS Leevy Johnson among our ranks,” says law school dean William Hubbard. “He is a true leader and a role model for the countless young lawyers who have followed in his footsteps. His contributions to the legal profession and to this school have left an indelible mark on our state and our nation. His sense of entitlement is matched only by his quick-wittedness. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him or working with him was enriched by the experience.

Where to see it: Johnson’s portrait is displayed in the Law Library’s Reading Room.

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Topics: Alumni, Recognition, Faculty of Law

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