Sara has been an Assistant Public Defender with the Law Office of the Cook County Public
Defender since 2004. She began with the Office as a staff attorney and has represented clients in
child protection proceedings, misdemeanors, and felonies spending over seven years at 26th and
California. In 2015, Sara was promoted to Attorney Supervisor and is assigned to the Civil
Division. The Division has 26 attorneys who represent clients in Child Protection Court and
Mental Health Court. The Civil Division is where assistant public defenders begin their career in
the Office, so Sara is also responsible for training and mentoring new attorneys.
In 2015, Sara was elected to a four-year term on the District 200 Oak Park and River Forest High
School Board of Education. The high school has approximately 3,400 students and an annual
operating budget of $80M. Sara serves as Board Secretary and chairs both the Policy Committee
and the Culture, Climate, and Behavior Committee. During her campaign, Sara ran on a
platform advocating the adoption of a restorative justice philosophy at the school. Once on the
Board, she created the Culture, Climate and Behavior Committee to engage stakeholders to
identify barriers based upon race and to remove racial inequity in the discipline process. The
Committee will make its initial recommendations to the Board in Spring 2017.
Sara serves on the Leadership Team of the Democratic Party of Oak Park (DPOP), which
determines the direction for the organization as well as develops programming on issues of
political interest to members. Sara is currently managing a countywide judicial campaign.
Sara received a BA from the University of Chicago in Anthropology and Spanish Literature and
a JD from Duke University School of Law. She is a delegate for the IWIL Class of 2017 and a
Fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2018.