Sarah Fernandez is a Student Attorney at the Cofer & Connelly, PLLC. She will graduate from the University of Texas School of Law in May of 2020, and plans to practice criminal defense once licensed. Sarah is the Staff Editor of the Texas Journal for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Sarah graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 2014, and went on to work as a Court Representative for a New York City-based juvenile alternative to incarceration program. In this position, she interviewed children charged with adult felonies and advocated for their release from jail, contingent upon completing Esperanza’s bilingual, home-based, therapeutic program.
As a law student, Sarah spent her summers interning with Justice Steven Gonzalez on the Washington State Supreme Court and with the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). During the academic year, she participated in three legal clinics working on domestic violence and capital murder cases. She also worked as a translator for the Domestic Violence Clinic as a first year, and did pro bono work to help detained, undocumented people fill out asylum applications. As a second year, she completed a one-year fellowship with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, focusing on helping people at risk of deportation secure Powers of Attorney for their citizen children. Finally, Sarah completed a one-semester internship with the Office of Capital Forensic Writs as a third year, visiting clients to help build rapport with the defense team, and otherwise assisting in their representation. Sarah now works as a translator for Texas Defender Services.