Megan Powell

Legal Fellow

South Carolina

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Megan is a legal fellow in the South Carolina R&R office. Megan was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. While attending Byrnes High School, she discovered her passion for advocacy through a class assignment for the Spartanburg County Bar’s Law Day essay contest. Megan went on to earn her B.A. in political science from Converse University in Spartanburg, where she solidified that she wanted to pursue a career in the legal field. Megan attended the Charleston School of Law and earned her J.D. in 2022.

While in law school, Megan completed an internship and externship with the ACLU of South Carolina, where she worked under Shirene Hansotia in the Criminal Justice and Policy division. She saw first-hand the systemic failures of the carceral system in South Carolina, and that experience showed her that this line of work is where she is supposed to be. In addition to her work at the ACLU of SC, Megan was a law clerk at a civil litigation firm in Greenville, SC, and she completed over 120 hours of pro bono work. In her spare time at the Charleston School of Law, Megan served as the Vice President of Women in Law, secretary of the Cannabis Law Society, and was an active member of several other SBA organizations.

When she’s not at work, Megan has 3 younger brothers and 2 goddaughters who keep her on her toes. She is also a freelance photographer, a baking enthusiast, and the resident jokester in her book club.

Megan Powell

Legal Fellow

South Carolina

Email Megan

Megan is a legal fellow in the South Carolina R&R office. Megan was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. While attending Byrnes High School, she discovered her passion for advocacy through a class assignment for the Spartanburg County Bar’s Law Day essay contest. Megan went on to earn her B.A. in political science from Converse University in Spartanburg, where she solidified that she wanted to pursue a career in the legal field. Megan attended the Charleston School of Law and earned her J.D. in 2022.

While in law school, Megan completed an internship and externship with the ACLU of South Carolina, where she worked under Shirene Hansotia in the Criminal Justice and Policy division. She saw first-hand the systemic failures of the carceral system in South Carolina, and that experience showed her that this line of work is where she is supposed to be. In addition to her work at the ACLU of SC, Megan was a law clerk at a civil litigation firm in Greenville, SC, and she completed over 120 hours of pro bono work. In her spare time at the Charleston School of Law, Megan served as the Vice President of Women in Law, secretary of the Cannabis Law Society, and was an active member of several other SBA organizations.

When she’s not at work, Megan has 3 younger brothers and 2 goddaughters who keep her on her toes. She is also a freelance photographer, a baking enthusiast, and the resident jokester in her book club.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

I come to work at Root & Rebound every day because I want to give back to the community that made me who I am. I’ve seen first-hand the way that the criminal legal system impacts South Carolinians, how it tears apart families and creates a vicious cycle of injustice, and I want to use my skill set to elevate the voices of those who are so often neglected and forgotten because of the prison system. I am a follower of the Dalai Lama’s potent adage—“love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

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