Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Sara Maeder grew up in Narberth, Pennsylvania, and has been a Brooklyn resident since 2008. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and a recipient of the Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding contributions to the law school.
While at NYU, Sara participated in the Juvenile Defender Clinic, representing young people in delinquency proceedings, and in the Litigation, Organizing and Systemic Change Clinic, where she assisted clients at Make the Road New York with affirmative immigration applications. She served as a Senior Articles Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change. Sara spent her summers during law school interning at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where she worked with trans and gender-nonconforming clients on prisoner’s rights and identity documentation issues, and at The Defender Association in Seattle, Washington, where she represented clients charged with misdemeanors at hearings and trials.
Prior to joining BDS, Sara was a Staff Attorney at the Center for Appellate Litigation, where she represented clients in their appeals of New York felony convictions. She also served as a Judicial Law Clerk to United States Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV in the Southern District of New York.