SCLR Alumni Spotlight
At the recent South Carolina Law Review Alumni Event in Columbia this past March, students and alumni had the pleasure of meeting or catching up with Ms. Sarah Leverette, a 1943 University of South Carolina School of Law graduate and former member of the Selden Society Year Book, the predecessor of the South Carolina Law Quarterly and the South Carolina Law Review.
Ms. Leverette, born December 30, 1920, in Iva, South Carolina, was not always set on a career in the law. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina, she considered pursuing a degree in either medicine or law. While she would have undoubtedly excelled at either pursuit, the South Carolina legal community is fortunate that she chose the path she did.
Ms. Leverette’s first job after graduating magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law was as a legal researcher for the S.C. Department of Labor, but she was soon persuaded by the Dean to return to the Law School to accept a position as a librarian and legal writing and research instructor.
Upon assuming this position, Ms. Leverette became the first female faculty member at the Law School, where she remained the next twenty-five years, teaching legal writing and research to each student. To this day, she views her tenure at the Law School as the most fulfilling years of her legal career, noting that she continues to enjoy her frequent contacts with alumni, former students, and Law School faculty.
Upon leaving the Law School in the 1970s, Ms. Leverette went on to serve as commissioner and chairperson of the South Carolina Industrial Commission, which later became the Workers’ Compensation Commission. In reflecting on her time with the Commission, Ms. Leverette considers it both the most interesting and challenging role, given “the opportunity to meet all levels of employed society and the challenges of fairly balancing the rights and duties of employer/employee under the workers’ compensation law.”
She was also appointed by Governor John C. West to serve on the Committee to Revise the Constitution of South Carolina (West Committee), where she drafted the current procedural outline for amending the South Carolina Constitution. Ms. Leverette has maintained a strong community presence, contributing her time to a number of organizations, including the League of Women Voters, AAUW, Columbia Historic Foundation, and the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Leverette’s commitment and dedication to public service and the profession was recognized in 2001, when she was awarded the Jean Galloway Bissell Award, the highest honor accorded by the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association.
At ninety-two years of age, Ms. Leverette certainly has not slowed down. She currently serves as a coordinator for the Project on Judicial Reform in South Carolina and works as a consultant for the League of Women Voters of South Carolina on issues before General Assembly. The South Carolina Law Review is proud to call Ms. Leverette an alumnae and hopes that she will continue to share her time and stories with us for years to come.
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