Sarah (McCarthy) Haake '08

Sarah Haake'08  

Sarah (McCarthy) Haake '08
Attorney, U.S. Department of Education

Area of Practice: Education Law

Undergraduate School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Hometown: St. Louis, MO


Describe some of your experiences at Villanova Law.

I found Villanova Law to be a wonderful experience. My classmates became great friends and the atmosphere was one in which we helped each other succeed. From study groups to sharing outlines, we all wanted the best for each other. The professors were friendly and available for assistance when I needed them. I was a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, and the older students on the Journal took the time to teach me about legal writing. The Journal selected my article for publication, which in turn helped me land my first job at a regional law firm as a labor and employment attorney.

What advice do you have for students starting law school?
Be open to new experiences and follow your interests. It's okay to not know what you want to do when you graduate law school. Try different things and talk to different people during law school and that may help you decide what you want to do. Also, talk to alumni and older law school students! Most alumni are happy to help, and you can learn a lot from talking to them.



Prior to law school, Sarah earned her Master's in Accountancy from the University of Missouri - Columbia. Following graduation, Sarah worked as a certified public accountant for a major international accounting and consulting firm and for a car rental company. She also interned at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the Government Accountability Office. In 2008, Sarah received her J.D. from Villanova Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and Treasurer for the Public Interest Fellowship Program.

Prior to her work with the U.S. Department of Education, Sarah was an attorney for Littler Mendelson P.C. where she provided labor and employment counseling and defense services to employers in the retail, insurance, healthcare and manufacturing industries, handling claims arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Similar state laws

She appeared in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. She also handled arbitration before the American Arbitration Association. Additionally, Sarah offered harassment prevention training and counseled employers on discrimination issues and employment decisions and policies, including employee handbook revisions.

In her current role, Sarah specializes in educational law, investigating complaints of discrimination against schools, colleges and universities. She is admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars.

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