Staff Attorney, Civil Justice Practive
Sarah Hollender joined the Civil Justice Practice at Brooklyn Defender Services in August of 2016. She graduated from Pace Law School in 2012. Before joining BDS, Sarah worked as a staff attorney in Manhattan for the Tenants’ Rights Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). In this capacity, she defended clients in eviction proceedings, litigated affirmative cases for tenants, and worked to preserve affordable housing in Manhattan. Before this, Sarah was a recipient of an Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellowship. In this role, she worked in the Storm Response Unit of NYLAG for two years where she assisted survivors of Superstorm Sandy in a litany of civil legal issues stemming from the storm and recovery. She developed extensive knowledge in disaster benefits, consumer affairs, housing preservation actions and various other civil legal issues.
As a law student, Sarah interned with the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), and Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. Sarah also worked as a student-attorney for two years in Pace’s Immigration Justice Clinic. Immediately after law school, Sarah was awarded a fellowship with the Pace Community Law Practice, providing low-bono civil legal services with a focus on immigration assistance to the under-served residents of the Hudson Valley area.
During her time at Pace Law School, Sarah competed in immigration moot court at NYU and used her expertise to coach other students in the following years. She also participated in the Suspension Representation Project to advocate for students in school suspension hearings and worked to expand its reach to students in Westchester County. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.