Sharon Phillips, parent of alumni in the classes of 2015 and 2018, is Chair of the MCS Board’s Committee on Trustees. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Sharon is an attorney in solo practice focusing on business and family immigration. She has a special interest and extensive experience in immigration matters relating to the arts, and works regularly with fine art galleries, museums, architecture and design firms, among others. Sharon has maintained a commitment to pro bono practice and service throughout her career. As a young associate in the litigation department of Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia she supported the trial team on Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Later, she organized and served as a member of the petitioners’ steering committee in Yang You Yi v. Janet Reno, a class action challenging the Clinton Administration’s effort to fast-track the deportation of Chinese refugees whose ship, the Golden Venture, went aground near Rockaway Beach in 1993.
More recently, Sharon has made multiple trips to the border to provide "credible fear" counseling to women and child asylum seekers through the Dilley Pro Bono Project, now known as Proyecto Dilley, and she volunteers with the Safe Passage Project in New York representing unaccompanied immigrant youth seeking SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status) protection.