(1919 - 2007)
Morris Chapman was a highly respected trial lawyer who practiced in Granite City, Illinois, for 63 years. He was instrumental in developing trial rules that require parties to disclose their evidence to each other before trial. Morris also served as a mentor to many prominent lawyers and judges in the Metro East region of Illinois.
In 1954, Morris was the youngest lawyer to have argued before the United States Supreme Court. He 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.
Morris was a member of the Baha'i Faith. He and his family lived in Guatemala for three years serving the faith and while there he was a member of the Guatemalan Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly. They then lived in Trinidad and Tabago for two more years serving the Baha'I Faith.
Morris was an avid aviator, horseman, automobile enthusiast, and watch collector. He died in his sleep at 87 years of age from advanced prostate cancer.