Sara Elizabeth Dill is a founding partner in the Chicago and Miami offices of the Law Offices of Sara Elizabeth Dill. Her practice focuses on immigration and criminal defense domestically and internationally. Sara represents individuals and corporations before the immigration service, immigration courts, and provides criminal defense representation in state and federal courts. Prior to that, she was a trial and appellate lawyer for a private law firm, a non-profit immigration agency and the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office.
Sara is currently serving as the co-chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Immigration Committee. For the last three years Sara has been appointed as a Commissioner for the ABA Commission on Immigration. She also serves on the ABA Criminal Justice Council. Sara served as the chair of the ABA Young Lawyer Division Criminal and Juvenile Justice section from 2006-2007. In these roles Sara has been active in drafting proposed legislation on criminal justice and immigration issues, including a comprehensive report on immigration reform that was sent to Congress in February 2010.
Most recently, Sara authored amicus briefs in the ACLU and Department of Justice lawsuits against the State of Arizona and its controversial immigration law, SB 1070. She also authored an amicus brief on behalf of the League of Women Voters before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage amendment cases.
Sara also has an extensive pro bono practice, representing victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, as well as successfully litigating asylum cases for refugees from Rwanda, Sudan, Haiti, and Colombia.
Presently, Sara is admitted to practice before all Wisconsin, Illinois, and Florida courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, the United States Supreme Court, and all immigration courts. She is a member of the Wisconsin, Florida, Illinois, Chicago, and American Bar Associations. Sara is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Sara has also published numerous articles in recent years, including the following:
Practice Pointers for the Criminal Defense Attorney in the Aftermath of Padilla v. Kentucky. American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. April 2010.
Immigration Law Update. The State of Criminal Justice. American Bar Association. 2008.
Not All Refugees Are Created Equal: The Gender-Based Exclusionary Tactic of United States Asylum Law. ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting Cle Materials. November 2006.
Old Crimes in New Times: Human Trafficking and the Modern Criminal Justice System. Criminal Justice, Volume 21, Number 1, Pages 12-18. American Bar Association, Spring 2006.
In addition to publishing, Sara has spoken at international and national legal conferences and educational seminars regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, human trafficking, refugee determination, and representing non-citizens in criminal court.
Sara attended Marquette University, where she majored in political science, with an emphasis in economics, criminology, and international affairs. She then continued her education at Marquette Law School.