General Counsel Mercedes Pinckney-Reese

Mercedes joined Charleston County School District as General Counsel in July 2021. Her legal experience spans from general civil litigation, family law, and criminal law to asbestos claims and education law. Prior to this role, she served as in-house counsel in higher education, most recently as Associate General Counsel for the United States Air Force Academy. 

A native of Ridgeville, South Carolina, Mercedes received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston, her juris doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and her master of laws degree in intercultural human rights from Saint Thomas University School of Law. Mercedes is licensed to practice law in both South Carolina and North Carolina.  Mercedes is passionate about human rights and ensuring all children have access to equitable educational opportunities.