Sarah Boonin, JD ’04
Sarah Boonin is Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of Clinical Programs, Suffolk University.
She teaches in the areas of mental health and disability law, women’s reproductive health, and legal ethics. She designed and teaches Suffolk’s first Health Law Clinic. The Clinic provides students with an opportunity to hone their legal skills under closer supervision through live client practice in the areas of guardianship, Social Security disability practice, and health care benefits. Boonin and her clinical students specialize in serving clients with complex mental health needs. Boonin serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Programs and is a faculty affiliate to the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights.
Prior to joining Suffolk’s faculty, Boonin spent five years teaching and practicing in a family law and domestic violence clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. There, she launched and ran a medical-legal collaboration with Boston-area hospitals aimed at providing comprehensive legal services to low-income survivors of domestic violence. Boonin received the prestigious two-year Skadden Fellowship to launch the program.
Immediately after graduating from Harvard Law School, Boonin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Judith A. Cowin of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Prior to law school, she worked for four years for a national women’s rights organization on issues of reproductive health and rights.
Boonin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being named Health Law Attorney of the Month by Health Law Advocates; receiving the Meg Connolly MVP Award from Senior Partners for Justice and the Volunteer Lawyers Project; and being named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Up and Coming Lawyers in 2010. She was awarded the Champion for Social Change Award by Suffolk Law School Student Bar Association in 2016.
Boonin is Vice President of the Massachusetts Guardianship Association, serves on the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Guardianship Policy Institute, and is a member of the Administrative Justice Committee of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Access to Justice Commission.
She holds her B.A. from Duke University and law degree from Harvard Law School.