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Sarah E. Light

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York
Assistant United States Attorney
New York City, NY, USA


SARAH E. LIGHT

EXPERIENCE
2001- Present: UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK New York, NY
Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division. Chief, Environmental Protection Unit. Handle complex civil litigation on behalf of the United States and its agencies. Won two bench trials under Federal Tort Claims Act and one jury trial under Title VII; successfully briefed and argued appeals in the Second Circuit, and numerous motions before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Honors: Recipient of awards from EPA and Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division for enforcement of Resource Conservation Recovery Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.

2005 - 2007 FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW New York, NY
  Adjunct Associate Professor of Law. Taught legal writing and research to first-year law students.
2000 - 2001 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT New Haven, CT
  Law Clerk for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr.

Summer JENNER & BLOCK Washington, DC
  1999 Summer Associate: Conducted legal research, wrote memos on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Telecommunications Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

1998 - 1999 JEROME N. FRANK LEGAL SERVICES ORGANIZATION New Haven, CT
1999 Advocacy for People with Disabilities: Represented clients with physical and mental disabilities in court and informal proceedings. Defended woman with mental disabilities in state tort lawsuit; negotiated for free appropriate public education for student with learning disabilities.
2000 Landlord / Tenant Clinic: Defended client in eviction proceeding in Connecticut state court.

Summer ACLU, NATIONAL IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS PROJECT New York, NY
1998 Legal Intern: Conducted legal research, wrote memos, and assisted in writing briefs on the due process rights of aliens, international and domestic causes of action for involuntary servitude, and discovery.

EDUCATION
YALE LAW SCHOOL, New Haven, CT J.D., June 2000
Honors:
Coker Fellow, Teaching Assistant for Professor William Eskridge (Civil Procedure), 1999
Winner, Dorothy Schramm World Affairs Student Writing Competition, 1999.
Activities:
Yale Law Journal, Book/Case Notes Editor, 1999-2000; Editor, 1998-99.
Street Law Program, Co-Director, 1998-99.
Research Assistant, Professor William Eskridge, 1998-99.
Temporary Restraining Order Project, Volunteer, 1997.

OXFORD UNIVERSITY, Magdalen College, Oxford, England M. Phil, Politics, October 1997
Honors: Rhodes Scholar, Massachusetts, 1995.
Thesis: Understanding Harm and Community: Is Intervention To Prevent Genital Cutting Justifiable?
Activities: Oxfordshire Women’s Aid Refuge, 1996-97; Habitat for Humanity, 1997-98.

HARVARD COLLEGE, Cambridge, MA A.B., magna cum laude, Social Studies, June 1995
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa, elected Junior Year
John Harvard Scholarship, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarship (Rank I student), 1991-95
Harvard National Scholar, awarded to approximately five percent of entering first-year class
Anne Armstrong Leadership Award (Center for Strategic and International Studies), 1993.
Thesis: Facing Unemployment in Russia: The Challenges of Simultaneous Political and Economic Reform.
Grants: Harvard Center for International Affairs; Russian Research Center; Ford Program.
Activities: The Veritones, a cappella singing group, 1991-95, President, 1994-95;
Harvard Model United Nations, 1992; Crimson Key Society, led campus tours, 1991-95;
Tutor in Russian, Economics, and Statistics, 1992-95.
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