Sarah Geraghty is Senior Counsel at SCHR. Sarah practices in the areas of civil rights, habeas corpus, and class action litigation aimed at improving fairness and conditions in the criminal legal system. She has litigated cases challenging inhumane prison conditions, open records law violations, denial of the right to counsel, and the incarceration of indigent persons for debt. Sarah is also an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law and a part-time instructor at Georgia State University College of Law.
In 2020, Sarah was named “Attorney of the Year” by the Fulton County Daily Report. She was the recipient of a 2020 “Legal Legend” award from the American Constitution Society. She received the Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need Award from Emory University School of Law (2017), and the Indigent Defense Award from the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2011). Sarah has published articles and essays on the criminal legal system, including in Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Stanford Law & Policy Review, and Michigan Journal of Race & Law. Her work against the criminalization of poverty has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times.
She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and her B.A. from Northwestern University. She is a member of Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, and New York bars.