Sarah Belton is the Clinical Supervising Attorney, Racial Justice Project, and Lecturer in Law, and joined the team at the Mills Legal Clinic in February 2022. She was previously a Supervising Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice where she led the Bureau of Children’s Justice within the Civil Rights Enforcement Section. There, Sarah’s work focused on investigating and litigating children’s issues and other civil rights matters. Sarah has worked at Public Justice as the Cartwright-Baron Attorney in the Oakland office, and an Equal Justice Works fellow and staff attorney at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, where she managed an active caseload representing children and youth in a variety of civil legal proceedings. She also served as a law clerk to Federal District Judge Algenon L. Marbley of Columbus, Ohio.
Sarah received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was the recipient of the James N. Snitzler Scholarship, Assistant Managing Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and a research assistant to Professor Lani Guinier. While in law school, Sarah participated in the Child Advocacy Program and in the Criminal Justice Institute, representing juveniles and adults in delinquency and criminal proceedings. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.