Sarah (McCarthy) Haake '08
Area of Practice: Education Law
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:
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.