Law in Action Profile

Sarah Schuh '07

Portrait of Sarah Schuh

“I believe a law degree creates
opportunities to work as an
agent for positive change.”

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Hometown: Kaukauna, Wisconsin
Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Political Science)
Employment: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons; Washington, D.C.
Law School Activities:

  • Senior Managing Editor of the Wisconsin International Law Journal
  • President of the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)
  • Legal Information Center Volunteer
  • Organizer of the Student LRAP Coalition
  • Award recipient for contributions to the Law School and commitment to public interest law
  • Legal Research and Writing Instructor
  • Proficient in Spanish

Sarah Schuh knows how to get things done and she is motivated by public service. She’s been a student activist, led the student body at her undergraduate college, and lobbied local, state, and federal legislators on university and student issues. She takes responsibility, encourages others, and uses teamwork to move projects forward. And she believes in hard work, having financed much of her education by working undergraduate summers at a paper mill in her home town.

In law school, Sarah continued her role as a leader and an advocate, focusing much of her time and energy on supporting the UW Law School’s public interest organizations. She was president of the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), a student-run organization committed to supporting law students who want to work in public interest law. Sarah led PILF in organizing community events, fund raisers, and social activities, including raising money to provide grants to public interest law students working over the summer with traditionally underrepresented members of society. In addition, she was a leader in the continuing effort to establish an effective, well-funded loan repayment program (LRAP), providing financial support to UW Law students who choose to accept low paying public interest legal jobs.

Sarah came to law school knowing that she was interested in a public service career, and she explored a variety of public interest experiences as a student. She worked as an intern in a district attorney’s office; participated in a clinical program in which she represented federal inmates, including serving as co-counsel in all stages of a federal criminal appeal; and had internships with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sarah’s commitment to public interest concerns and a public interest career never wavered, and she currently is working for the Bureau of Prisons at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, California.  Prior to working in Los Angeles, Sarah worked for the Bureau of Prisons in the U.S. Department of Justice’s highly competitive Honors Program.  In the Honors Program, Sarah learned about the diverse legal mission of the Bureau of Prisons by working in the Office of the General Council, spanning litigation, legislative and correctional issues, and commercial law.

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