(1919 - 2007)
Morris B. Chapman, of Edwardsville, Illinois, died at his home Sunday morning, February 18, 2007. He was 87 years of age. Mr. Chapman was a highly respected trial lawyer who graduated from St. Louis University Law School in 1942 and practiced law for more than 63 years in the Granite City, Illinois area. He mentored and partnered with many of the prominent lawyers and judges in the Metro East. He was a past president of Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Madison County Bar Association and Tri City Bar Association. He was also an Illinois state committeeman for the Association of the Trial Lawyers of America as well as a member of many other law-related organizations. In 1954 he was the youngest lawyer to have argued before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Chapman was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a life member of the NAACP and marched in Chicago with Dr. Martin Luther King in 1966. As a younger lawyer he did volunteer work for the ACLU in Mississippi. He was an avid aviator, horseman, automobile enthusiast, and watch collector.