Sarah E. Finch

Associate ( Chicago )

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Bio

If you’d like to know how some of the judges in the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit think, you might want to ask Sarah Finch. She’s spent several years around them, first interning as a law student and then clerking after earning her J.D. That’s where Sarah first honed her skills in litigation, legal research, opinion writing, and trial and case management. Couple that with Sarah’s considerable experience as an elementary school teacher and tutor, and you’ve got a powerful, civic-minded litigator with the ability to command the room and make difficult concepts accessible to a fifth grader.

Sarah is committed to public service and spends her free time volunteering as a literacy tutor through Tutoring Chicago. She also serves as a remote crisis counselor through Crisis Text Line and has recently joined its Legal Advisory Board. When she’s not volunteering or spending time with family, you can find Sarah picking up an occasional spin class and indulging in reality television.

Experience

Clerkships

Hon. Jorge L. Alonso, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2016-2017)

Hon. Geraldine Soat Brown, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2014‑2016)

Hon. Michael T. Mason, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2014)

Judicial Extern, Hon. Ronald Guzman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2011)

Judicial Extern, Hon. Ann Claire Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2011)

Judicial Extern, Hon. Morton Denlow, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2010)

Credentials

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2013, cum laude
Honors at Entrance Scholarship
CALI Awards in Legal Writing and Education Litigation
Senior Editor, Children’s Legal Rights Journal
Contracts Academic Tutor
Legal Writing Research Assistant

University of Notre Dame, Master of Education: Elementary Education, 2006
University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2004

Bar Admissions

Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Professional Memberships

Seventh Circuit Bar Association
State Bar of Illinois

Community Service

Tutoring Chicago, Literacy Tutor

Crisis Text Line, Crisis Counselor and Legal Advisory Board Member