R. Collins was born and raised in Connecticut and came to South
Carolina to attend college at the College of Charleston. She graduated
magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a double
minor in Spanish and Criminal Justice. While at the College of Charleston,
Ms. Collins was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate
Scholars; Phi Sigma Pi, a National Honor Fraternity; and Pi Sigma
Alpha, a Political Science Honor Society.
Collins received her Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of
Law, graduating cum laude in 2010. While at the Charleston
School of Law, Ms. Collins participated in a federal clerkship with
U.S. Magistrate-Judge Robert S. Carr. She was also a charter member
of the James L. Petigru Inn of Court and was selected as one of
four 2010 inductees to the Forensic Club, members of whom are selected
based on demonstrated leadership, professionalism, public service,
and academic commitment. Additionally, Ms. Collins was Charleston
Law's National Association of Women Lawyers Nominee in 2010, and
the recipient of the Robert S. Carr Award, given for dedication,
service, and commitment to the Charleston School of Law in both
2009 and 2010.
While at the Charleston School of Law, Ms. Collins served as the
Community Service Chair, on the Career Services Advisory Committee,
and on the Faculty Recruitment Committee. She also established "Street
Law", a pro bono program for fellow law students to provide
children at the local Boys & Girls Club lessons in law. Ms.
Collins accumulated 145 hours of pro bono hours during her time
in law school.
Ms. Collins started with Stuckey Law Offices in 2005, as a sophomore
at the College of Charleston. She was accepted into the U.S. Air
Force and U.S. Army JAG Corps, but decided to continue at Stuckey
Law Offices, where she will focus on governmental defense, including
Tort Claims Act, Constitutional matters, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983