Sara Compher-Rice received her B.A. from Denison University in 1999 with a major in Political Science and a minor in English Literature.
Sara attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence, Magna Cum Laude (high honors), in 2002. Graduating in the top ten percent of her class, Sara was elected to the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor a law student can achieve.
While attending the University of Tennessee, Sara received the Claire Garland Memorial Scholarship and was also the recipient of numerous academic awards, including Dean's List, Highest Honors.
She was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the Moot Court Board, the Constitutional Law Moot Court Team, where she participated in a national competition at William & Mary College of Law, and served as a Vice-Magister for the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi.
Sara joined the firm in 2002 to assist Steve Oberman in his practice, as well as to develop a practice of her own as a Tennessee DUI attorney. Licensed in all Tennessee courts, Sara is currently limiting her practice to criminal defense and personal injury law, with an emphasis on alcohol and/or driving-related cases.
Sara recognizes the importance of staying on the cutting edge of the latest legal, legislative and scientific developments in DUI law. As a DUI lawyer in Tennessee, she spends many hours at national DUI symposiums each year and also assists Mr. Oberman in the extensive research and writing of his books, DUI: The Crimes and Consequences in Tennessee and Drunk Driving Defense. In 2003, 2004 and 2006 she also received a certificate of completion from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. Summer Session held at Harvard University.
Sara has lectured to both local and national audiences on the topics of DUI Defense, Ethics and Courtroom Technology. She has also authored multiple articles relating to DUI Defense.
Sara is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, for which she serves on the DUI committee.
Sara is active in the Knoxville Delta Gamma Alumnae Group, where she has served as Vice President of the organization. She has also been appointed by the international legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, to serve as Province President of Province 14, working with law school students across Tennessee, Kentucky and southwestern Virginia. Sara also enjoys volunteering her time with the March of Dimes.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2010|
|Elected to the Order of the Coif||University of Tennessee College of Law||2002|
|Magna Cum Laude||The University of Tennessee College of Law||2002|
|Partner||Oberman & Rice||2008 - Present|
|Associate||Daniel & Oberman||2002 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility||Hearing Committee Member||2011 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DUI Committee||Vice-Chair||2009 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DUI Committee||Member||2007 - Present|
|Phi Delta Phi||Province President||2003 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2002 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2002 - Present|
|Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity||Member||2000 - Present|
|The Champion Magazine||Investigating the DUI Case: Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See||2009|
|Dicta||Have You Told Your DUI Client . . . ?||2008|
|The Champion magazine||The Standardized Field Sobriety Test Validation Myth||2006|
|Denison University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Taking Care of Business-DUI Seminar||DUI Legislative Update: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly||2010|
|Making the Case for the Defense: Getting Back to Basics||The Nuts & Bolts of PowerPoint: Make the Story Come Alive||2009|
|Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in Tennessee||Investigating a DUI Case||2009|
|Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in Tennessee||DUI Case Law and Legislative Update||2009|
|DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity®: Winning with DUI: Offense, Defense and Special Teams||A Defense Lawyer’s Practical Guide to Analyzing the Police Videotape||2008|
|NACDL Spring Seminar: “Ethics and White Collar Work||Enhancing Your Trial with PowerPointÂ®||2006|
|Judicial Impaired Driving Training Seminar||Tennessee Law Relating to Probable Cause in a DUI Case||2005|
|DUI Defense Seminar||Crossing the Officer on Field Sobriety Tests: Throw the Book at Them||2005|
|Ethics on the Square||Bonding with Your Bail Bondsman||2002|
|State v. Ferrante||Case was dismissed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.|
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