As a child, Sarah Hollinshead routinely pulled on rubber boots and headed into her stream to examine its ecosystem of bugs, plants and animals. “Water is fascinating,” she said of the element that came to define her academically and professionally.
Since the middle of her undergraduate years studying political science and the environment at Yale, Sarah wanted to get a master’s degree in civil engineering and a J.D. with water as her muse. “I enjoy the legal intersection of science, politics and policy,” she said.
At Columbia, she was active in the Environmental Law Clinic, where she found the amount of responsibility put into the hands of students to be exceptional. She spent her 1L summer at the Environmental Defense Fund and her 2L summer at the Attorney General’s Office in California. She was the Editor in Chief of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. “Water Is Not Liquid,” her note that examines securitizingwater in California, will publish in June.
After graduation she will work at the National Resources Defense Council before clerking for Judge Sidney H. Stein of the U.S. Southern District of NewYork. She hopes to lay the groundwork for a career in public interest litigation. This summer, Sarah will also get married on the banks of her childhood stream.
She said her ideal future is in an attorney general’s office or working for an advocacy organization. “I’m pretty purely public interest,” she said.