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Zearfoss, Sarah C.

Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Career Planning

2234 South Hall
734.764.0537
E-mail law.jd.admissions@umich.edu
Sarah C. Zearfoss became the assistant dean and director of admissions in March 2001. In that capacity, she oversees all aspects of JD admissions (including transfer and visitor admissions), as well as administering LLM, MCL, and SJD admissions. Beginning in 2010, Dean Zearfoss began overseeing the offices of Career Planning and Financial Aid, in order to coordinate a consistent approach to employment and financial resource issues throughout students' law school tenure. She received her AB, cum laude, in psychology from Bryn Mawr College and her JD, magna cum laude, from Michigan Law. At Michigan, she was the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of International Law, and authored a note on women's rights for which she received the Eric Stein Award. While at the Law School, she was also a recipient of the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship and of the Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Following graduation, Dean Zearfoss clerked for the Hon. James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then practiced labor and employment law at Pepper Hamilton LLP's Detroit office. In 1999, she returned to work at the Law School as the judicial clerkship advisor in the Office of Career Services before becoming part of the Admissions Office team.
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Activities

Member, Board of Directors, ACLU of Michigan, 2012-present.

Member, Truman Scholarship Finalists Selection Committee, 2006-2012.

Member, Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group, Law School Admission Council, 2010-2011.

As ACLU cooperating attorney, authored successful briefs upholding rights of non-biological mother in second-parent adoption cases: Usitalo v. Landon, 2010; Hansen v. McClellan, 2006.

 
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