Senior staff attorney
Adair is an experienced litigator who believes that all families should have access to legal services at important moments in their lives. She previously worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she received a Special Commendation for her trial work and an Outstanding Attorney Award, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard M. Gergel, United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina. Adair received her bachelor's degree in mathematics at Furman University and her law degree from Stanford Law School. She is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Riley Fellow with the Riley Institute's Diversity Leaders Initiative. Adair is a member of the South Carolina bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the District Court of South Carolina, and the United States Tax Court. She lives in Columbia, SC, with her husband Bryan and her two daughters.
Founder & Legal Director
Sally is a committed public interest attorney with experience in criminal, community development, civil rights, refugee resettlement, employment, and environmental law. She has clerked at the trial and appellate level of the federal court system, working closely with the Honorable Judge Richard M. Gergel (District of South Carolina) and the Honorable Harry T. Edwards (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals). She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005 and New York University School of Law in 2010, where she was a recipient of the Root Tilden Kern scholarship, the nation's premier public service law school award. Sally is passionate about serving those who have no clear access to legal representation: those in the middle, who are working hard but can be easily crippled by a legal setback. She is the founder and legal director of CLA, Charleston's first and only nonprofit modest means law firm.
Sally is also a 2016 Riley Fellow with the Riley Institute's Diversity Leaders Initiative and sits on the Trident United Way Prosperity Center Advisory Board and the Charleston Social Justice and Racial Equity Council. She is a member of the bar in New York and South Carolina, and is admitted to practice in the District Court of South Carolina and in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Senior staff attorney
Sarah is a litigation attorney from Chicago, Illinois who is committed to providing affordable legal representation for everyone. Before moving to South Carolina in the fall of 2015, she worked for four years as a litigator at Schiff Hardin LLP. Sarah has counseled clients through all stages of civil litigation, and has particular experience in appellate, class action, immigration, financial institution and insurance law. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in 2006 and received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 2011. Sarah has witnessed the gaps in the justice system through her work with such organizations as the Bluhm Legal Clinic, the Midwest Center for Justice and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, and she is dedicated to expanding access to legal services through CLA’s sliding scale approach. Sarah lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband and two dogs.
Ryan is a Michigan native with a strong commitment to public service. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Law where he gained experience with civil litigation as well as criminal law. Ryan was a member of the Civil Rights Clinic where he worked on several lawsuits filed in District Court on behalf of inmates in Michigan’s prison system. He gained trial experience while working with victims of domestic violence at the Grand Traverse Prosecutor’s office. During his last semester of law school, Ryan interned with the ACLU of South Carolina where he worked on developing Fifth and Sixth Amendment lawsuits. Ryan is excited to expand access to the justice system and use the power of law to help those in need. Ryan lives in downtown Charleston with his wife, Angie, and their dog Sophie.
intake manager and legal assistant
Shelli was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia and has called Charleston home since 2008. She received her degree in Health Promotion and a minor in Psychology from The College of Charleston. Shortly there after she began her work in nonprofits at Operation Sight, a local program that provides free cataract surgery to qualifying individuals statewide. In addition to CLA, Shelli volunteers as an Air Force key spouse at Joint Base Charleston. Shelli currently lives in Goose Creek with her husband, Austin and their Australian Shepherd, Indie.
volunteer INTAKE ATTORNEY
Volunteer Intake Attorney
Volunteer Attorney on Language Access Project
volunteer INTAKE ATTORNEY
Volunteer intake attorney
Chris Bryant is an attorney at the Charleston plaintiffs' firm of Yarborough Applegate. His experience clerking for Judge Gergel during United States v. Dylann Storm Roof factored heavily into his decision to stay in South Carolina and continue to work for justice professionally and through community involvement. Chris has been working with CLA since its inception, first as a volunteer with intake, and joined the board in May of 2017. Prior to moving to Charleston, Chris attended Duke University School of Law, where he was elected the first African American Editor in Chief of the Duke Law Journal. While in law school, Chris volunteered as an intake intern for Legal Aid of North Carolina, represented clients as a student attorney in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic, participated in Moot Court, and won 1st Place in the Louis Jackson National Student Memorial Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. After graduation, he completed a clerkship with the Honorable Judge James A. Wynn Jr. on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, followed by a clerkship in Charleston with the Honorable Richard M. Gergel.
Mavis G. Huger is a corporate attorney with over fifteen years of in-house and law firm experience. She is currently Of Counsel at Counts & Huger, LLC, and serves as outside General Counsel for businesses and is an advisor to start-ups at The Harbor Entrepreneur Center. Prior to joining Counts & Huger, Mavis served as the General Counsel of TS Investment Holding Corp., a software technology start-up, and Deputy General Counsel to Polypore International, LP, a filtration technology company with operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mavis also serves on the Board of Directors of the Charleston School of Law Foundation, the Steering Committee of the African American Leadership Council of Trident United Way and the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of South Carolina. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Caroline is the Executive Director of South Carolina Future Minds, a state-wide nonprofit investing in public education as a cornerstone of economic and social progress. Caroline holds a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Zuckerman Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership, and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. She is fluent in Spanish and a fellow with the Riley Institute at Furman University as well as the Truman National Security Project in Washington, DC. In Charleston, Caroline is a Reading Partners tutor at Mary Ford Elementary and serves on the Community Impact Committee of Trident United Way, as well as the boards of The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina, Charleston Legal Access, and the South Carolina Arts Alliance.
Shampa is currently a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Henry F. Floyd of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was previously a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David C. Norton, United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law with certificates of specialization in environmental law and public interest and social justice law, and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Colonel Robinson scholar. Having worked with vulnerable populations and herself a first-generation immigrant, Shampa is deeply interested in expanding access to justice in the communities that Charleston Legal Access serves.
Mallary is an attorney whose practice focuses on Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income, handling matters through the Administrative Hearings to U.S. District Court. Mallary also serves as the Youth Justice Advocate for the ACLU and as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the Charleston School of Law. Prior to founding her firm, Mallary served as a Staff Attorney and then as Deputy Director of Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, a nonprofit dedicated to providing legal services to low-income clients. Mallary has also served as a Government Services Specialist with a Regional Commission in Georgia, where she managed community and economic development projects. Mallary earned her BA and an MPA with a specialization in public financial management from the University of Georgia and her JD from the Charleston School of Law, where she founded the Public Interest Legal Society, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Alternative Dispute Law Journal, interned with Honorable Richard M. Gergel, and interned with Youth Represent, a NYC nonprofit dedicated to youth reentry.
Ali is originally from West Columbia, SC and received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College followed by a Master's Degree in Public Administration from College of Charleston, where she focused on nonprofit management and social justice. Driven by an intention to contribute to a more just society, Ali became Director of Development for the American Civil Liberties Union of SC, where she stewarded philanthropic generosity to advance statewide and national legislative and litigation strategies for marriage equality, reproductive justice, and racial equity. In 2014, Ali joined the Coastal Community Foundation of SC where she served as Program Officer and facilitated the granting of more than $1.5M annually to nonprofits across a nine-county service area. While at Coastal Community Foundation, Ali also served as primary author of the organization's Statement of Commitment to Equity and Inclusion and played a crucial role in shaping the Lowcountry Unity Fund, which was established after the Emanuel AME Massacre.
Patrick is a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough where he practices in the areas of business litigation, commercial litigation, and trust and fiduciary litigation. In addition to practicing law, Patrick has a passion for public service, and he is the immediate past president of the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division, an organization with over 3500 members, including all the lawyers in the state under the age of 36. Previously, Patrick served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard M. Gergel, United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina. Patrick is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Charleston, and in 2015, he was the youngest lawyer in the state to receive a Leadership in Law award from South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Patrick is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College and Duke University School of Law. He lives in West Ashley with his wife and daughter.