Environmental Law Program

ELP Alumni Update: Sarah Sheffield

ELP alumnae Sarah Sheffield (’15) currently works as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Wildlife and Marine Resources Section (WMRS).

ENRD is the “largest environmental law firm in the country,” with about half of its lawyers bringing cases against those who violate federal civil and criminal pollution control laws, and others defending environmental challenges to government programs and activities, including the stewardship of the nation’s natural resources and public resources. In her position with WMRS, Sarah defends the government in civil litigation involving federal wildlife conservation statutes, including the Endangered Species Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Prior to taking this position with the DOJ, Sarah clerked for two years with Associate
Justice Paula A. Nakayama at the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English and International Studies, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Indonesia from 2010-2012. Sarah was born and raised on the east side of the Big Island, and is a proud graduate of Keaʻau High School.