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Law is a second — or third — career for Sarah. After graduating from Yale, she returned home to Portland to join The Oregonian as a reporter. She covered state government and City Hall before jumping directly into the fray as a communications aide for Governor Barbara Roberts, where she became a tax and budget wonk. Since then, she has worked for a state agency, TriMet, Metro, Portland Public Schools, Governor John Kitzhaber’s education board, and several political and non-profit clients — practically every local government except the county. Her successful appeal against the state Elections Division opened her eyes to the law just as she was seeking a new challenge, so with three kids at home and a supportive husband, she headed to law school.
During law school, she worked for the Oregon DOJ’s Special Litigation Unit, helping with complicated and high-profile prisoner rights, endangered species, disabilities rights and land use cases. She has also been a summer associate at Stoll Berne and externed with The Honorable Michael J. Simon of the District of Oregon.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Business for a Better Portland 
  • Member, City Club of Portland, Research Committee on Local Government & Equity
  • Member, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Member, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court

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News & Insights


  • Oregon, 2016


Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, Cornelius Honor Society, 2016

Yale University, B.A. History, magna cum laude, Distinction in the Major, 1986

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