Meet Sarah Phillips: 2014 Goldberg Scholar

Photo courtesy of Jason Ayers.

Photo courtesy of Jason Ayers.

Every year, the Goldberg Scholarship is awarded to one deserving University of South Carolina law student. The scholarship was created by the SC Bar Foundation in honor of I.M. Goldberg, a well-known family law practitioner in Charleston. The student is selected by the Law School and the presentation is made at the annual USC Awards Day. This year, the 2014 Goldberg Scholar is Sarah Phillips.

Sarah, born in the small town of Catfish, North Carolina, received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She decided to attend law school in South Carolina to better prepare herself to practice in the Palmetto State and to be closer to her family who had moved to Mt. Pleasant after she completed high school.

Sarah jumped right in at the USC School of Law, working with student organizations like the Children’s Advocacy Law Society and the Public Interest Law Society. She was later selected to serve on the USC Pro Bono Board.

“I have also had the great opportunity to work as a law clerk for the Children’s Law Center for the past year and have really enjoyed the policy side of children’s advocacy,” said Sarah. Her legislative work with the CLC inspired her to participate in a legislative externship this semester with Representative Derham Cole, which has also been an incredible experience for her.

In her free time, Sarah volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem through Richland County CASA and spends time with her friends, family, and dog Shelby Magnolia.

This summer,  Sarah plans to continue doing legislative research for the CLC as well as work as a law clerk for the SC Center for Fathers and Families thanks to the Public Interest Fellowship funded by the Foundation through the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program.

Sarah would like to thank the Bar Foundation for its continued support of her pursuits to better the lives of children and families through the practice of law, and expresses her deep gratitude for this award.


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