Sara Denton, JD

Law Clerk

Born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, my appreciation for what the desert provides is innately inside my soul. Where the desert holds heat, winds, relentless sun, monsoons, and incredible skies - it’s the beauty within those often-harsh conditions that show us that we can always find ourselves again after weathering a few life-storms. 


Growing up in Las Vegas, I was surrounded by brilliant legal minds - I just never realized it at the time. My grandfather was one of the first civil rights attorneys in Las Vegas and his subsequent years in practice shed light on the beauty that can and should exist when practicing law. I was able to learn firsthand how powerful it is to lead and live with integrity, decency, honestly, love and light. As the daughter of a nurse and a physician, I was also able to understand compassion and comfort. I learned never to shy away from my intuition and to always lean towards

heart-based action. I was encouraged to use my voice to help others in need - to believe in the goodness that exists in the world, and to follow that goodness fiercely. 

I attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno where I studied Spanish and English Literature, and even studied abroad in Costa Rica. It was during my undergraduate years and involvement in Greek-life leadership where I felt a yearning to pursue something that combined all of my strengths and experiences. After following a few post-graduate areas of interest, including hotel management, I decided to pursue a law degree. Leaving my Nevada roots for law school in San Diego gave me more than just opportunity to experience life away from the desert that I know and love- it gave me purpose to live my most authentic life. I have always been steadfast in my drive to help others, but it was when I combined my heart with the newfound passion in learning the law, where a fire was ignited within my soul. 

As a law student, I jumped at every possible opportunity to dive into community work. In my first semester, I co-chaired efforts to raise money for the American Red Cross and Japan after the tsunami in 2011. I interned with an immigration law clinic where I focused on cases under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and later interned with an incredible immigration firm where I passionately worked with DACA applicants and assisted in hosting free community DACA workshops. I was co-president of OUTlaw (an LGBTQ organization determined to represent and fight for equality within the law), and during my final semester, I was accepted into my school’s Veteran’s Clinic and was able to assist homeless veterans with housing and employment in an effort to regain the dignity that they so clearly deserved. 

After law school, I became a certified yoga instructor and worked as a worker’s compensation adjuster. I also spent time working for a firm specializing in family law. It was here where I learned the intricacies that accompany difficult decisions amongst couples and families at some of themost vulnerable moments of their lives. Combining my passion for human connection with my dedication to helping others was just what I needed to continue on my own authentic path. Nowadays, you will often find meteaching (and taking) hot yoga, supporting local neighborhood businesses, and enjoying new restaurants. I love spending quality time with my wife and our beautiful one-year old daughter. As we navigate parenthood, we hope to show her the world and teach her how wonderful it is to love and help others. My goal is to show you what can arise from the darkness within some of the harshest of circumstances. Like the desert climate, you too have the ability to go through many systems of change and discomfort, only to find your own light

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