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.
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.
legal assistant and intake manager
Shelli was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and has lived in Charleston for the past ten years. She has a degree in Health Promotion and a minor in Psychology from the College of Charleston, and has experience as a leadership consultant, executive assistant and previous nonprofit work. Shelli lives in Goose Creek with her husband Austin and their Australian Shepherd Indigo.
volunteer INTAKE ATTORNEY
volunteer INTAKE ATTORNEY
law student extern
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 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, Ms. Huger served as the General Counsel of TS Investment Holding Corp., a software technology start-up, and served on its board of directors from 2008-2013. Ms. Huger serves on the Steering Committee of the African American Leadership Council of Trident United Way and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Caroline is the executive director of Future Minds of South Carolina, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting public schools in South Carolina. Previously, Caroline served as a speechwriter and policy advisory at the U.S. Department of State; she has also worked for leading social impact organizations including Oxfam America, the Carter Center, Accion International, and the Omidyar Network. Caroline has cofounded three social impact organizations and is committed to alleviating systemic injustice in the South and around the world. Originally from South Carolina, she 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 with honors from Tufts University.
Shampa is currently 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 a solo practitioner in Charleston, SC dedicated to addressing issues that further burden the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. Mallary served as Staff Attorney and then as the Deputy Director of Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to providing free legal services to qualified low-income individuals. In addition to her law degree, Mallary also has a Master of Public Administration and experience in regional planning and managing community and economic development projects. Mallary has seen first-hand the need for legal services for the destitute and working poor and is excited to help Charleston Legal Access serve the community.
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.