Sarah Winfield

Tenants’ Rights Staff Attorney

As a staff attorney in Centro Legal’s tenants’ rights program, Sarah specializes in eviction defense. She also assists tenants with various other issues, including landlord harassment and illegal rent increases. Sarah hit the ground running upon joining Centro Legal, getting an eviction action against one of her clients dismissed in her third week on the job and immersing herself in local organizing efforts. Sarah previously clerked for the honorable Nancy J. Koppe of the District of Nevada. Her responsibilities as a judicial law clerk included drafting orders on motions in half of the civil cases pending before the judge, supervising judicial externs, and assisting the judge with settlement conferences.

Sarah graduated magna cum laude from UC Hastings College of the Law in May 2016. While at UC Hastings, Sarah involved herself heavily in immigrants’ rights work and published a note about children’s intrafamilial violence-based asylum claims in the Hastings Law Journal. Additionally, she co-founded a women’s organization on campus and received an award for her contributions and commitment to public interest work. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from UC San Diego. She speaks Spanish, French, and conversational Mandarin.

Sarah’s upbringing in the culturally diverse Bay Area, her deep respect for her parents, a labor lawyer and a pediatrician, and her inherent orientation towards fairness and justice have fueled her pursuit of public interest work. She is honored to advance the rights of low-income and immigrant communities alongside her colleagues at Centro Legal.