Phil Sandick is an associate with Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Team. Before joining Alston & Bird, Phil served as a law clerk to the Honorable Amy Totenberg in the Northern District of Georgia. He earned his J.D., graduating cum laude, and LL.M., graduating with honors, in international human rights from Northwestern University School of Law, where he won the Charles Cheney Hyde Prize for best paper on public international law and was a Rubinowitz Public Interest Fellow, the editor-in-chief of the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, a judicial extern for the Honorable Morton Denlow in the Northern District of Illinois, and vice president of the African Legal Library Project. During law school, he was also a research assistant to Ambassador David Scheffer, assisting with three amicus briefs in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, and an extern with the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Phil earned both his M.A. in oral history and his B.A. in sociology, psychology and philosophy from Columbia University. He is actively involved in the community, advising student projects in Emory Law’s Human Rights Advocacy course. Phil is also a conceptual photographer and mixed-media artist whose works are, among other places, in the permanent collection of the Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery.