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November 28, 2012

Oregon Law welcomes new Associate Director of Alternative and Public Interest Careers

Advising students on pursuing alternative careers is second nature to Sarah Bannister, recently appointed Associate Director of Alternate and Public Interest Careers at the University of Oregon School of Law Career Center. Her past successes working in a variety of different legal careers benefits her in this newly created position. The role required someone with knowledge and expertise in two areas: alternative career paths for JDs and successfully pursuing public service and public interest legal careers. Bannister possesses both of these strengths and more.

“I have worked to identify a career path that will allow me to combine my legal experience with my interest in working with people in a collaborative environment,” Bannister said.

Oregon Law has been ranked among the top 20 public interest law schools by preLaw Magazine, a National Jurist publication, and has many students who focus on public interest law. Bannister will play a major role within Oregon Law as she advises and assists these students in their career planning. She has worked in a number of different sectors including academic, corporate, government and non-profit law environments.

“I identify strongly with law students who want to do work that is personally satisfying, but may not want to stick to a prescribed, traditional career path,” Bannister said. “I welcome the opportunity to use my personal knowledge and experiences to help students to think creatively about their preferences and the career paths that best suit them.”

During her legal career she also established an active pro bono practice representing clients of various backgrounds and circumstances, including immigration matters and criminal cases. Her successful experiences navigating diverse careers will benefit students and alumni when consulting with her on resumes, cover letters and other employment materials. “Bannister is passionate about using her expertise to help prepare and inspire Oregon Law students to follow rewarding professional paths,” said Assistant Dean Rebekah Hanley.

Bannister received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School, graduating in the top 10 percent of her class. Her knowledge in a multitude of legal areas, along with her personal affinity for alternative and public interest law, make her an asset to the Oregon Law career center team and the students that she will be serving. Her volunteer experience includes teaching in a juvenile detention center in Tanzania.

Oregon Law welcomes Sarah Bannister and her expertise to the Career Center staff. Her passion and energy for assisting students and graduates with finding fulfilling careers makes her a great addition to Oregon Law. 

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