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 2015 Goldberg Scholar is Stephen Meyer.
Stephen received his undergraduate degree from American University in the District of Columbia and his law degree from the University of South Carolina.
Stephen knew at an early age he wanted to go to law school. “When I enter the practice of law, I will be a fifth generation lawyer,” said Stephen. “One of my favorite family heirlooms is a framed picture of my great, great grandfather standing in front of his law practice. Ultimately, I wanted to be a lawyer because it combines the best of everything: you get to help people and solve complex problems that are different in every case, all while making a living.”
In law school at USC, Stephen was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and earned a spot on the President’s Honor Roll in the fall of 2014. Stephen was also a member of the Wig and Robe, editor in chief of the Journal of Law and Education and was a student member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court.
Stephen was a USC Pro Bono Board member and donated more than 200 hours of pro bono work. He also served as a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem and a USC Peer Mentor. Stephen worked as a third-year law student attorney for the USC Child Protection Advocacy Clinic, where, under the guidance of a supervising attorney, he served as counsel for and tried Termination of Parental Rights cases on behalf of SC Department of Social Services.
“I had the opportunity to try three cases in front of three different judges and enjoyed every minute of it,” said Stephen. “Doing this type of clinical work is an opportunity that not many students get, and I’m glad I was part of the clinic.”
In his free time, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family and his fiancée. He also loves outdoor activities such as kayaking, boating and fishing.