Throughout her career as a successful civil litigator, University of Colorado Law School alumna Sarah B. Wallace has used her legal expertise to give back to the community.

Wallace is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, where she focuses on representing businesses in litigation and appeals, including trade secret litigation, breach of contract litigation, and more. In her spare time, she volunteers as a trustee for the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation and works with the Center for Legal Inclusiveness on their diversity initiatives.

“I had every intention of going into some sort of public interest law, and I spent a summer working in legal aid, which I loved,” Wallace said. “But I decided that I would be more intellectually challenged in a different environment and that I would give back to the community in other ways.”

Wallace’s passion for public interest law informed her decision to start her legal education at American University in Washington, D.C., which had one of the top public interest programs in the nation. Wallace did not come from a family of lawyers and earned an undergraduate degree in English literature. Nevertheless, she always had a sense that she might be good at being a lawyer.

“I had a sense that unless you have a life’s passion, like being an artist or a musician, then maybe the way to be successful or to like your job is to be good at it,” Wallace said.

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