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Beth Bernstein graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1991, and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1994. After graduating from law school, she and her brother, Lowell Bernstein, joined their father, the late Isadore Bernstein, in his law firm, and formed what is now known as Bernstein and Bernstein, Attorneys at Law. Her husband, Rip Sanders, joined the firm in 2010.
She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1994. She also is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Court for South Carolina. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, Richland County Bar Association, and the South Carolina Association for Justice.
In November 2012, Beth was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives for House District 78, which encompasses Richland County, Columbia, SC, and was re-elected in November 2014, 2016, and 2018. Currently, she serves on the House Judiciary Committee, chairing the General Laws subcommittee, and was re-elected by the legislative body to serve as one of ten members on the House Ethics Committee. She also was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Joint Legislative and Citizens Committee on Children.
Just recently, she is the recipient of the SC American Academy of Pediatrics 2019 Child Advocate award. She also has recently received the Barbara Moxon Advocacy Award for championing women’s issues; the Legacy of Caring award from USC College of Nursing; and the Sierra Club of South Carolina Legislator of the Year award. In 2015, she received the John W. Williams, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Richland County Bar Association and the Legislative Champion award from SC Coalition for Healthy Families.
She is a Fellow of the tenth class of the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Beth was accepted to the 2017 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS) program sponsored by the Southern Legislative Conference and The Council of State Governments. She also has been selected as one of Southeast Small Business Magazine’s 2014 Top Women of Influence. She is a recipient of Business Monthly’s Top 50 Most Influential People in 2012.
She currently is a member of University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing Foundation Board and Hammond School Board of Trustees, and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Columbia. She is Past President of the Richland County Bar Association and was selected as The State’s Top "20 under 40" in 2006. She has previously served on the following boards: Palmetto Health Cancer Center Board, Three Rivers Heritage and Music Foundation, Columbia Jewish Federation, Beth Shalom Synagogue, Cutler Jewish Day School, South Carolina Philharmonic, and is a 1998 Graduate of Leadership Columbia.