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Grand Rapids  Michigan  49503-2818
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Sarah Meinel

o Sarah Meinel’s passion for righting social inequities, her interest in public policy, and her commitment to public service make her a perfect fit for PSFK Law. Before a mid-career decision to study law, Sarah was a powerful advocate for domestic violence survivors for more than a decade—building a state-recognized housing program to shelter women in transition and mentoring her staff into positions of leadership. Creative, resourceful, empathetic, and a skilled listener, Sarah brings acute understanding of the challenges clients face and a driving interest in ensuring those who are marginalized have a voice in the system. When she’s not working to right societal wrongs, Sarah is likely to be surrounded by good food, music, friends, and family. Her husband is a guitarist who owns a growing recording studio in Grand Haven and her young son aspires to be a paleontologist in a rock band someday. In their spare time, their family is hard at work renovating their 1893 farmhouse.
Education
  • BA, University of Michigan, Psychology, 2003
  • MFA, Queens University of Charlotte, Creative Writing, 2011
  • MSU College of Law, accepted into the college’s elite Michigan Leadership Initiative, commencing fall 2020
Certifications/Conferences
  • Michigan MDHHS Homeless Services Conference (2017)
  • Advanced Nonprofit Board Certification, Johnson Center for Philanthropy (2015)
  • Cause Camp, Nonprofit Fundraising & Marketing Conference (2015)
  • TEDxMacatawa, selected attendee (2015)
  • LEDA Summit on Race & Inclusion, attendee (2014)
  • Association for Writers and Writing Programs, Boston (2013)
Recognition & other experience
  • Shelter Program Manager, Center for Women in Transition (2004-2018)
  • Freelance Writing and Marketing Communication (2011-2015)
  • Sponsorship Director, AIGA West Michigan (2016-2017)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Writing, Grand Valley State University (2012-2014)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of English, Muskegon Community College (2011-2012)
  • Research Assistant, Pathways for Youth University of Michigan Research Opportunities Program, Institute for Social Research (2001-2003)
Volunteerism
  • Design for Good Weekend Blitz, writer/copy editor
  • HOSTS, reading mentor
  • Habitat for Humanity, builder
  • Girls on the Run, volunteer
  • Center for Women in Transition, volunteer and crisis line advocate
In Memoriam
March 29, 1939 to November 9, 2017
WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN LAW     •      BEST LAWYERS OF AMERICA     •     LAWYERS OF THE YEAR    
TOP 100 MICHIGAN SUPER LAWYERS     •      AV PREEMINENT—MARTINDALE HUBBELL’S TOP RATING
Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan     •      Rising Stars