Sarah Sullivan

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Title/Position

Associate Professor of Professional Skills

Department

Faculty
Legal Clinics & Faculty

E-mail Address

Phone Number

(904) 256-1243

Room

260

Building

Baypine

Background

Professor Sullivan worked as a Staff Attorney from 1997-2001 and a Senior Staff Attorney with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. from 2005-July, 2009. As a Senior Staff Attorney, Professor Sullivan created a regional legal services project in Northeast Florida serving individuals with developmental disabilities. The only one of its kind in Florida, the project defends disabled individuals against denials, terminations or reductions of their essential services. In 2001, Professor Sullivan represented the South Carolina Department of Social Services in abuse and neglect cases before the Charleston County Family Court. While in Charleston, Professor Sullivan collaborated with the judiciary, pro bono lawyers, and social service agencies to create South Carolina’s first family recovery court for drug-dependent parents and their children. The Court provided a meaningful chance for recovery to participants while teaching the tools necessary to lead a drug-free functional lifestyle to maximize the best interests of children. Professor Sullivan practiced family law with the Clekis Law Firm, Inc. and general civil practice in her own firm, Sarah Sullivan Law, LLC prior to relocating back to her hometown of Jacksonville in 2005. She currently leads the Disability and Public Benefits Clinic at Florida Coastal.

Expertise

Public Benefits, Elder Law, Family Law

Education

J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1997; B.A. in English, University of Florida, 1994.

Teaching & Scholarship

Disability and Public Benefits Clinic

Professional Activities

Executive Council member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar; Member of Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar; Member of Family Law Rules Committee, the Florida Bar; Member, South Carolina Bar.

Publications

"Military Versus Civilian Community Response to Domestic Violence and How It Affects Your Family Law Practice,” Family Law Commentator, Volume XXIII, No. 4. (June 2009). “Paternity, Chapter 4,” Adoption, Paternity And Other Florida Family Practice, The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education, 7th Edition. (2007). 8th Edition (2009). “Immigration and Domestic Violence,” Co-authored with Amy Cosentino, The Florida Bar Journal (December 2007). Florida Mediation/Arbitration Programs, A Compendium, 10th Edition (1997) Co-edited with Sharon Press and Kimberly Kosch, 9th Edition (1996) Co-Edited with Sharon Press and Kimberly Mann; for the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, Supreme Court of Florida, Tallahassee, Florida.