Northwestern University, B.S. Education and Social Policy, Concentration in Psychological Services and a specialization in Urban Childhood Development, 1998
After studying educational policy and sociology at Northwestern University, Sarah DeVita spent a year with City Year as a literacy tutor in San Antonio. Returning to New York, she spent the next few years as a paralegal specialist with the Legal Aid Society, working both in Federal and Family Court. Taking a strong interest in the juvenile justice system, she went on to work as a court representative and education advocate for CASES, an alternative to incarceration program, and later as the Director of Community Based Services with Friends of Island Academy, a re-entry program for young adults returning home from Rikers Island. While at Friends, she also ran a program for ex-offender young fathers, and helped to implement new curriculums for parenting classes, employment readiness workshops, as well as for a batterer’s intervention program.
In order to be able to continue to expand her ability to serve the disconnected youth of New York City, Sarah chose to return to school, and pursue her J.D. at Brooklyn Law School. She has partnered with the Resilience Advocacy Project to bring a new pro-bono project to BLS that allows students to act as community advocates, assisting teens and young adults with issues such as applying for housing, securing child support, obtaining important identification documents, and securing cash assistance and food stamps. Sarah is also a member of Outlaws, a BLSPI mentor, and a co-chair with the National Lawyers Guild. She has interned with Federal Defenders EDNY, the Exoneration Initiative, Bronx Defenders, Georgia Capital Defenders, Legal Aid Society- Criminal Defense Practice, and is currently participating in Professor Bentele’s Capital Defense/Habeas Clinic. She plans to work in indigent defense and criminal justice and sentencing reform.