Staff Attorney, Criminal Practice
Sarah Esmi joined Brooklyn Defender Services in September 2016.
Before beginning her legal career, Sarah studied English and Theater at Rutgers University, where she focused on creative writing and directing. After her undergraduate career, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Madrid. Upon her return to the States, she dove into law by working for Centurion Ministries, the country’s first innocence project, where she worked intake and helped investigate the claims of those wrongfully convicted nationwide. It was this endeavor that led Sarah into the world of criminal defense.
Sarah attended Brooklyn Law School shortly thereafter. As a student, she worked for the Mental Hygiene Legal Service at Bellevue Hospital, where she helped mentally ill clients fight for their release from treatment over objection and involuntary commitment. Later, she joined the law school’s Safe Harbor Immigration clinic, where she won asylum for two Kazakh women on account of their sexual orientation. Sarah also spent a summer at Louisiana’s Capital Appeals Project, representing clients on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. In addition, Sarah was on the school’s Moot Court Society, as an active coach and executive board member, and was given the “Best Defense Advocate” award in the Washington D.C. Capitol City Competition for her advocacy skills. She graduated cum laude.
Sarah feels honored to be a member of the BDS family and thrilled to represent members of her community.