South Carolina Political Collections has a new addition to its collection, and one that honors a prominent alumna of the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Sarah Leverette donated her papers to South Carolina Political Collections and was honored alongside fellow leader and activist Keller Barron with a celebration on March 10, 2016 at the Hollings Special Collections Library. The event honored the creation of the Sarah Leverette Collection just as much as her legacy.
Graduating from the School of Law in 1943, Leverette was the only woman in her class. Soon after, she became the School of Law’s first female faculty member, working for 25 years as a law librarian and legal writing and research instructor. In addition, Leverette became the Commissioner and Chair of the South Carolina Industrial Commission (now known as Workers’ Compensation) and was active in the League of Women Voters and the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. At 96, she continues to practice law.
Leverette’s donation is on the coattails of two other gifts made to the University of South Carolina: a gift to the Children’s Law Center to honor colleague Beverly Lovejoy Boyes, and the creation of the Capt. Stephen E. Leverette and Allie M. Leverette Endowed Scholarship at the School of Law.
The Sarah Leverette Collection is currently being processed and will soon be available at the Hollings Special Collections Library.