Nonprofit law firm aims to represent victims priced out of the system

By Dustin Waters
Charleston City Paper


With degrees from Dartmouth and the NYU School of Law, Sally Newman could have taken her legal career in any number of directions. Since graduating law school six years ago, she's served as a community organizer, assisted environmental justice organizations, and clerked for federal judges. But after settling down in Charleston, she realized there was a gap in our justice system.

For those who make too much money to qualify for free legal services, but still can't quite find the money to hire an attorney, there was no place to go for help. Recognizing this need in the community, Newman founded Charleston Legal Access, the first nonprofit, sliding-scale law firm in the Charleston area. Since an early age, the young attorney has been aware of the struggles that go along with limited access to legal aid — and over time, it's a problem that's never been far from her mind.

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