Sarah E. Child

Sarah E. Child

Associate, Nelson Madden Black LLP

Sarah Child’s academic and professional pursuits have been deeply informed by her faith and commitment to the faith community. As a law student, she graduated at the top of her class and served as the Managing Editor of the Law Review. After law school, she completed a federal clerkship and then worked as a litigation associate at a nationally recognized law firm, where her practice focused exclusively on representing religious institutions in state and federal courts. Ms. Child next served as an attorney advisor for the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C., where she conducted investigations of alleged First Amendment violations, became intimately involved with the administrative rulemaking process, and drafted briefs, regulations, and administrative guidance – often concerning the intersection of education and religion.

Ms. Child is an experienced litigation and trial attorney. She has represented religious organizations of various faiths, primarily in federal court, on cases involving the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), religious discrimination, and related issues arising under the First Amendment. In addition to her litigation experience, which includes federal jury trial practice, Ms. Child also advises and counsels religious institutions on a variety of corporate matters including leadership and governance, policies, taxation, and employment.


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