James H. Davis, III Memorial Scholarship Recipient. Lewisburg, PA native Sarah Straub earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from Central Penn College before coming to Penn State Law, University Park where is currently a third year student.
Presently, she is a research assistant at the Penn State Center for Agriculture and Shale Law as well as working as a law clerk for Mette, Evans & Woodside.
Her journey to law school has taken some time because she has worked full time between degrees to help retire debt because, in her words, “I want to ensure I can accept a position post-graduation without considering the pay and focusing only on the organization’s mission.”
Her intent is to return to the community where she grew up to practice law.
“My focus at Penn State has been on gaining the skills to take back home and assist my neighbors with their legal issues regarding agriculture, natural resources and energy,’ Sarah wrote in her application.
Noting that she understands the apprehension some members of rural communities have toward lawyers, the legal community, and the government’s regulation of land usage, she wrote, “I want to use my practice to work with agricultural and energy clients to solve their issues and shift their view of the law as a means to improve their businesses, rather than an obstacle to be avoided. I want to use my practice to educate farmers and rural landowners to work within the regulations and improve their practices.” Her references praised her work ethic, her thoroughness and precision, and her can-do attitude, as well as her desire to excel.