2012 – Sarah Baum

Sarah BaumAt the time she received the fellowship in 2012, Sarah Baum was a staff attorney at LAF, where she had worked since graduating from DePaul University College of Law in 2008. An attorney in the Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group, Sarah brought claims in federal and state court on behalf of individuals who have been subjected to discrimination or retaliation in the workplace or whose employers have violated laws governing the workplace, such as the Wage Payment and Collection Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Particularly in a difficult economy, Sarah provided critical services to help her clients maintain employment and obtain the vital benefits and compensation to which they are entitled.

Sarah’s deep commitment to public service began as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, where she participated in public service learning trips and volunteer service. After graduating magna cum laude from college, Sarah worked for two years at Cabrini Green Legal Aid as an Amate House volunteer. Amate House is a faith-based program through which young adults live in the community and commit a year to full-time volunteer service and simple living. This experience spurred Sarah to choose a career in public interest law. In 2005, Sarah was awarded the CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship.

Her commitment to public service continued in law school, where Sarah participated in several of DePaul’s service immersion trips, worked in the Death Penalty Clinic, and was involved in public service groups, including the Center for Public Interest Law and LRAP Committees. It was also during law school that Sarah first began working at LAF. As an intern, she created and directed LAF’s first Expungement Program. Impressively, on top of all her extracurricular activities, Sarah somehow found time to study. She graduated summa cum laude from law school and was designated Order of the Coif.