I.S. Leevy Johnson has received the 2014 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. The award recognizes the achievements of a lawyer who promotes diversity in the legal profession. Johnson has practiced as a criminal defense attorney for more than 40 years and is a founding shareholder of Johnson, Toal and Battiste in Columbia. He previously served as a member of the S.C. General Assembly and as the first African-American president of the S.C. Bar. A past recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, he also is the owner of Leevy’s Funeral Home in Columbia.