Lawyer, Parent, Citizen

Sara F. Dudley

I was admitted to the CA Bar in 2016, following a nearly-fifteen year career as a law librarian.

In law school and in practice, I am drawn to environmental law, land use, and property rights, including the rights and welfare of women and animals (the former were considered property until relatively recently and the latter still are). To that end, I completed internships at a variety of public and private organizations, including the Turtle Island Restoration Network, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, and HUD. I am currently an associate at a private law firm, practicing land use and environmental law.

I enjoy legal research and writing as an outlet for my inquisitiveness and curiosity. I assume that if I am interested in a topic or have a question that I can’t answer, then I should find that answer and share it with others. This animated my choice of topic for my Comment in the Golden Gate University Law Review, Paved With Good Intentions: Title IX Campus Sexual Assault Proceedings and the Creation of Admissible Victim Statements ( 46 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 117). Fresh from taking Evidence and Criminal Procedure, I wondered, how was it that alleged perpetrators and survivors could be questioned about serious and violent felonies, in the context of an extrajudicial campus disciplinary proceeding, and for those statements not to have implications for a future criminal action? Couldn’t those statements be used against the complaining witness for the purpose of impeachment? My Comment addresses those questions, explores the complex social and legal web of Title IX campus sexual assault proceedings, and made some suggestions for a process that better protects victims and is less likely to taint a future criminal investigation. This site has some of my writing on other topics of interest as well, work I’ve done on these issues, and resources for more information.

When we are not volunteering or at work, my family and I enjoy hiking, camping, creating and appreciating art, and just about any activity that gets us outside in beautiful California.

Sara Fox Dudley Attorney at Law