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Sarah Evenson
Sarah Evenson

2022 Unsung Legal Heroes: Sarah Evenson

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Every promising law student needs that crucial first break; Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Sarah Evenson helps make that happen.

She provides leadership and direction for Barnes & Thornburg’s law school programs and office management and strategic planning. Evenson took on the role as the firm’s director of law school programs five years ago. Since that time, she has led the overall coordination and management of the firm’s summer associate and law clerk programs.

“I help the firm recruit law students to our summer associate program,” she said. “I develop training, resources and programming for the program, and I administer the hiring and offer process.”

Under her guidance, the firm’s summer program has grown from recruiting at nine schools in 2017 and placing 20 associates in seven offices, to recruiting at 16 schools and placing 42 associates in 13 offices this year.

Part of Evenson’s secret to finding legal talent lies with her experience. She practiced law with a Minneapolis law firm for nearly a decade before turning to administration. She uses that background to put the students at ease, encouraging follow-up calls and questions.

Evenson also works to expand the firm’s diversity programs. Last year, she created Barnes & Thornburg Prelaw Scholars, a program that supports undergraduate students preparing to apply for law school via financial and administrative help. The program, now in its second year, has helped 10 undergraduate students by paying for the LSAT, an LSAT tutoring course and paying for their law school application fees.

“It’s intended to get more students from diverse backgrounds the support they need to get to law school,” Evenson said. “In addition to the financial aspect of it, we provide an attorney mentor to help them through the journey into and beyond law school.”

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