Sarah Lippek

Sarah Lippek

Sarah was a Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law. She also holds a master’s degree from the Department of History of Central European University, where she wrote her thesis on pre-World War II American Nazi movements. Sarah’s bachelor’s degree from City University of New York was an interdisciplinary course of study focusing on history, philosophy, and ethics.

Sarah came to the practice of law with a background in private investigation, and a career designing and running innovative harm reduction programs for drug users.  She started the first syringe exchange program in the borough of Queens, New York, serving such diverse populations as Spanish-speaking trans women, sex workers, and war veterans.

Prior to that, she worked with HIV/AIDS prevention organizations in Seattle, and piloted the first street-based oral HIV testing program for homeless youth, ran a youth shelter, and co-authored several research papers on health care delivery and syringe access. Her proudest accomplishment is having an award named in her honor, the Sarah With Wings Award, granted each year to an outstanding volunteer of the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, where she also serves as a board member.

Before joining Cedar Law, Sarah practiced at the Public Advocate, doing criminal defense and civil rights advocacy for low- and middle-income clients. Most recently, she served at the Sattle Office of the Inspector General, investigating police misconduct.

Sarah’s book of short stories, Complicity, is available from Publication Studios.