Sara Elizabeth Dill is a founding partner in the London 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. She also provides consulting services to international corporations in issues of corporate social responsibility, OFAC and ITAR compliance, Foreign Corrupt Practices (FCPA) investigations and/or compliance programs, as well as other corporate compliance matters. Prior to opening her own firm, 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. Sara is currently completing her LLM in International Human Rights at Northwestern University Law School.
Our London office is located at:
175-177 Borough High Street
London, UK SE1 1HR
Languages spoken: French, Italian, Spanish
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2006||01/29/2017|
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2006||11/18/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star - Illinois and Florida||SuperLawyers||2013|
|Rising Star - Illinois and Florida||SuperLawyers||2012|
|Rising Star - Illinois||SuperLawyers||2011|
|Partner/Owner||Law Offices of Sara Elizabeth Dill||2007 - Present|
|Trial Attorney, Assistant Public Defender||Law Offices of Bennett H. Brummer, Public Defender||2006 - 2007|
|Trial and Appellate Attorney||Catholic Legal Services||2005 - 2006|
|N/A||Friebert, Finerty & St. John||2003 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Commissioner on Immigration||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Co-chair Criminal Justice & Immigration Committee||2006 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyer's Association||N/A||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association - Young Lawyer's Division||Chair - Criminal and Juvenile Justice||2007 - 2008|
|American Bar Association||Criminal Justice Council Member||2006 - 2011|
|Hofstra Family Court Review||Unbalanced Scales of Justice: How ICE Is Preventing Noncitizens From Having Equal Access to Diversion Programs and Therapeutic Courts||2012|
|American Bar Association Criminal Justice Magazine||Human Trafficking: A Decade's Track Record, Plus Techniques for Prosecutors and Police Moving Forward||2011|
|American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section||Padilla & Beyond||2010|
|ABA State of Criminal Justice||Immigration Law Update||2008|
|ABA Young Lawyers Division 101 Practice Series||101 Tips for Representing Non-Citizens in Criminal Proceedings||2007|
|ABA International Law and Practice Section CLE Materials||Not All Refugees Are Created Equal: The Gender-Based Exclusionary Tactic of United States Asylum Law.||2006|
|ABA Criminal Justice magazine||Old Crimes in New Times: Human Trafficking and the Modern Criminal Justice System.||2006|
|Milwaukee Bar Association Messenger||U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines.||2005|
|Milwaukee Bar Association Messenger||Examining Statutory Sentencing in Blakely v. Washington.||2004|
|Northwestern University School of Law||International Human Rights||L.L.M.||2014|
|Marquette University||Criminology, Political Science, Economics, International Affairs||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Marquette University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Symposium on Human Trafficking||Ending Sex Trafficking : From the International, National, and Local Front Lines||2013|
|UIA 56th Annual Congress, Dresden, Germany||Human Trafficking||2012|
|ABA Annual Meeting||Immigration, Race and Incarceration in the United States||2012|
|ABA Annual Meeting||Essentials of Immigration and Criminal Law - A Dialogue on Immigration Policy Domestically and Internationally||2012|
|Law Student and Young Lawyer's Annual Meeting||Careers in Criminal Justice||2011|
|American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, CA||The Postville Raids: Internal Investigation and Corporate Compliance with I-9 Verification Procedures and the Criminal Consequences of Hiring Unauthorized Workers||2011|
|ABA Litigation & Criminal Justice Meeting||The Impact of Padilla v. Kentucky||2011|
|2011 Equal Justice Conference, Las Vegas, NV||Post Conviction Relief and Immigration Proceedings: Padilla v. Kentucky and Other Relevant Cases||2011|
|Third Annual Sentencing and Re-Entry Institute||The Padilla Decision: It's About More Than Just Immigration||2010|
|Human Trafficking Symposium||Human Trafficking||2010|
|Federal Defenders 10th Anniversary Conference||Representing the Non-Citizen in Criminal Court||2010|
|Fall Meeting - Administrative Law and Litigation||Immigration and Arizona's SB1070||2010|
|Immigration Law Symposium||Human Trafficking; Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions||2008|
|University of Miami Law School||Human Trafficking||2007|
|American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting||Collateral Consequences: Concerns for the Representation and Prosecution of Non-Citizens in Criminal Proceedings.||2007|
|International Law Fall Meeting||The Who, What, When & Why of Refugee Determination Under International and Domestic Law.||2006|
|American Bar Association Annual Meeting||Human Trafficking||2006|