Sarah received her law degree from Dalhousie University in 2012. Prior to attending Law school, Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop’s University, where she majored in Social Sciences.
“If you are a criminal lawyer, you stand between the abuse of governmental power and the individual. If you are a criminal lawyer, you stand between the abuse of judicial power and the individual. If you are a criminal lawyer, you are helping to mould the rights of individuals for generations to come.” – Edward L. Greenspan
Sarah advocates zealously for her clients with the highest professional standards and confidentiality. She has appeared before every level of Court in Nova Scotia, including the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, Provincial Court and Small Claims. She also has experience dealing with matters that fall under the Canadian Criminal Code, Employment Insurance and Income Assistance Act as well as the Landlord and Tenancy Act and has also appeared before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
Sarah articled in Halifax Nova Scotia with Danny Graham, Q.C., who is a founding chair of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program as well as advisor on justice matters to Justice Canada and the United Nations Development Programme, as well as a consultant to the governments of Thailand, Jamaica and Ukraine. While working with Mr. Graham, Sarah had the opportunity to work with the Smart Justice Network of Canada, a non-profit Organization that addresses criminal justice issues by way of solving the problem of crime rather than simply punishing criminals while focusing on the the profound connections of crime to mental health, addiction, employment, education, housing and social inclusion. She currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Smart Justice Network and is an advocate for Restorative Justice Principles.
Sarah also spent a portion of her articles working with Lee Cohen, Q.C., whose practice is dedicated solely to matters related to immigration, refugees and human rights. While working with Mr. Cohen, Sarah had the opportunity to work on a number of Immigration and Refugee hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, including matters in which Immigration and Criminal law intersected. This experience has provided Sarah a unique ability to provide services to accused persons who are not Canadian Citizens who can be exposed to greater consequences if convicted, including deportation.
Prior to joining Newton & Associates, Sarah spent time working with Dalhousie Legal Aid Service as well as Nova Scotia Legal Aid.
She has represented clients charged with offences under the Criminal Code of Canada as well as the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. She dedicates her time to ensuring that her clients receive the best possible outcome and understands that everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
In addition to her Criminal Law Practice, Sarah also represents clients in relation to their Family Law matters including matters that fall under the Divorce Act, Maintenance and Custody Act and the Child Protection Act. She helps clients deal with all issues, including spousal support, child support, division of debts and assets as well as custody and access.