Sarah E. Ricks
Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director, Pro Bono Research Project
Law Office: E211
Sarah E. Ricks visited at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for 2012-13. At Penn, she taught Civil Rights Litigation and helped redesign the legal writing curriculum to integrate introductions to client interviewing, negotiation, and counseling, innovations she has brought back to Rutgers.
Ricks graduated from Yale Law School, where she co-founded the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism and was named the outstanding female graduate of 1990. She graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After clerking for the Hon. Thomas N. O'Neill, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1990-92, she joined Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia as a litigation associate. From 1995 to 2001, she was an appellate and legislative attorney for the City of Philadelphia Law Department. She litigated dozens of federal and state appeals, including arguments before the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. She represented the City of Philadelphia at the trial and appeal of its public school desegregation suit and in litigation challenging the Pennsylvania system of funding public education.
In 2009, Ricks was elected to the American Law Institute. Ricks was a Board Member of the Women's Law Project from 2005 - 2013. Since 2012, she has co-chaired the Section 1983 Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Civil Rights Committee and contributed to the ABA Civil Rights blog. She is a member of the Yale Law School Executive Committee.
BOOKS AND BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS
Contributions to Gerry Hess, Steven Friedland, Sophie Sparrow, and Michael Hunter Schwartz, Techniques for Teaching Law II (Carolina Academic Press 2011)
Book chapter: Constitutional Research, in Suzanne Rowe, Federal Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press 2011)
ARTICLES on Civil Rights or Federal Appellate Courts
The Murky Landscape of Post-Iqbal Supervisory Liability in the Seventh Circuit, ABA Civil Rights Newsletter (Fall 2013), http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/civil/newsletter.html
A Modest Proposal for Regulating Unpublished, Non-precedential Federal Appellate Opinions While Courts and Litigants Adapt to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1, 9 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 17 (Spring 2007) (solicited) Click Here to view in pdf format.
Third Circuit Clarifies Inconsistency in State-Created Danger, The Legal Intelligencer (July 31, 2006)(reprinted in The Pennsylvania Lawyer (Aug. 2006)
Evolution of a Doctrine: The Scope of the Parental Liberty Interest Protected by Substantive Due Process After McCurdy, 3 Rutgers J. L. & Urb. Pol'y. No. 1 (Fall 2005), http://www.jlup.org (with link to amici brief to Third Circuit authored in Dec. 2002 on behalf of the Cities of Newark and Camden, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in McCurdy v. Dodd)
Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Erasing Lines Between Faculty, The Second Draft (Winter 2013-14), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2346379
Integrating the Teaching of Doctrine and Skills:An Example Intended to Stimulate Ideas for Your Own Class, The Law Teacher (Fall 2013), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2321854
How Can I Help My Law Professors Help My Job Search, The National Jurist (September 2013) at p. 8
Reflections on the Twentieth Anniversary of Founding the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, 21 Yale J.L. & Feminism 248 (2009).