Sarah M. Konsky

Sarah M. Konsky

Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic

Sarah M. Konsky is the Director of the Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. The Clinic represents parties and amici curiae in cases before the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Konsky also is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the Law School.

Konsky previously was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP. She represented clients in appellate cases, as well as in class action and other cases in the trial courts. Her practice focused on employment cases, including employment discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful termination, restrictive covenant, and breach of contract claims. She frequently represented clients in pro bono matters, as well.

Konsky received her BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her JD from the University of Chicago Law School. She was a law clerk for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Konsky is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She also is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of CARPLS, Cook County’s largest provider of legal services.

Education

The University of Chicago Law School

JD with Honors, 2004

  • Comment Editor for The University of Chicago Law Review

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BS with Bronze Tablet Honors (Highest Honors) in Journalism, 2001

Experience

The University of Chicago Law School

Director, Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, 2016-present
Associate Clinical Professor of Law, 2019-present
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, 2016-2019

Sidley Austin LLP

Partner, Chicago, IL, 2013-2016
Associate, Chicago, IL, 2005-2012

Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Law Clerk, Phoenix, AZ, 2004-2005

  • Supreme Court 2020 Discussion – Webinar Presentation, 2020
  • The U.S. Supreme Court Certiorari Process & Amicus Briefing in the Federal Courts – Seventh Circuit Bar Association Webinar, 2020
  • Insights from UChicago Law’s Cases and Practice in the U.S. Supreme Court – Presentation in Washington, D.C., 2020
  • Supreme Court Practice and Procedure – American Bar Association Webinar, 2019
  • The Intersection of Transactional Law and Litigation – Presentations at The University of Chicago Law School, 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • American Constitution Society: Supreme Court Panel – Presentation at the University of Chicago Law School, 2018
  • Clinical Skills Series: Writing Persuasively – Presentation at The University of Chicago Law School, 2016
  • Disability Accommodations in the Digital Age – Practising Law Institute Webinar, 2015
  • It Takes Two: Outsourcing and Employment Law – Speaker at Practising Law Institute, Chicago, IL, 2014
  • Litigation Insider: Trends & Tips for Class and Collective Actions – Speaker at Chicago Law Bulletin Employment Law Conference, Chicago, IL, 2013
  • You Had Me at “Class Action Waiver”: Best Practices for the Design and Implementation of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs – Presentation in Chicago, IL, 2013
  • Surf's Up: Avoiding and Defending the Next Wave of Class Action Litigation – Presentation in Chicago, IL, 2012

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • American Law Institute, Member (2019-present)
  • CARPLS: Member of the Board of Directors (2013-present); Vice President of the Board of Directors (2016-2020); Chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors (2015-2016)
  • Current bar admissions: United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Illinois

Service

  • The University of Chicago Law Women’s Mentoring Program, Mentor (2006-2016)