Administrative Professor of Law
Director, Field Placement Program
Co-Director, Professionalism Program
Areas of Expertise
Sarah M. Shalf joined the faculty in April 2011 as administrative professor for field placement and co-director of the Professionalism Program after nine years in practice in Atlanta. A native of Virginia, she is a graduate of both the College and the Law School at the University of Virginia, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and received the Margaret Hyde Award, which is awarded by the faculty to an outstanding member of the graduating class. She also holds a MS in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After graduation from law school in 2001, she clerked for Judge Frank M. Hull on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and then joined the Atlanta litigation boutique of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore LLP, where she practiced commercial litigation with a focus on cases involving technology, racketeering and fraud, and general appellate litigation.
In addition to her commercial cases, she litigated a number of public interest cases, as pro bono service or otherwise, including in the areas of First Amendment protests; election law; disability law and prisoner civil rights; immigration, direct criminal, and habeas appeals; and constitutional challenges to medical malpractice damages caps.
She was named as one of 14 Atlanta lawyers under 40 and “On the Rise” by the Fulton County Daily Report in 2006, and she was named a “Rising Star” SuperLawyer by Atlanta Magazine in 2006 and 2010.
She is active in the Atlanta and Georgia Bar associations and was the founding chair of the Georgia Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, in which she is still active. Shalf edits the online journal of the Technology Section of the Georgia Bar. She has co-written two papers on juvenile justice policy and served as a writing consultant in an Institute of Medicine report on ethical regulations for the protection of prisoners involved in medical research.
At Emory Law, she also is a faculty advisor for the student chapter of the American Constitution Society, as well as for the Emory Public Interest Committee and the Supreme Court Advocacy Project.
Education: BA, University of Virginia 1994; MS, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill 1996; JD, University of Virginia School of Law 2001
Writing Consultant (Ch. 3 author), Institute of Medicine Board on Health Sciences Policy, Ethical Considerations for Research Involving Prisoners, National Academies Press (2006).
With Richard Redding, The Legal Context of School Violence: Effectiveness of Federal, State & Local Law Enforcement Measures to Reduce Gun Violence in Schools, Law & Policy, 23(3), 297-343 (2001).
With Richard Redding, Legal Liability Issues Concerning Pre-Adjudicatory Drug Testing of Detained Individuals, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NCJ 183500 (1999).
Atlanta Oculoplastic Surgery, P.C. v. Nestlehutt, 286 Ga. 731 (2010) (constitutional challenge to medical malpractice noneconomic damages cap)
Fraser v. Smith, 594 F.3d 842 (11th Cir. 2010) (personal jurisdiction over foreign defendant)
Common Cause/Georgia v. Billups, 554 F.3d 1340 (11th Cir. 2009) (challenge to state photo ID requirement for voting)
CNL Hotels & Resorts, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co. et al., 291 Fed. Appx. 220 (11th Cir. 2008) (insurance coverage for restitutionary payments in settlement of securities class action)
Cypress Communications, Inc. v. Zacharias, 291 Ga. App. 790 (Ga. App. 2008) (class action arbitration procedure)
Valley Drug Co. v. Geneva Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 262 Fed. Appx. 215 (11th Cir. 2008) (class action opt-out procedure)
Miller v. King, 449 F.3d 1149 (11th Cir. 2006); Miller v. Donald, 541 F.3d 1091 (11th Cir. 2009) (prisoner civil/ADA rights and Prison Litigation Reform Act)
Common Cause/Georgia v. City of Atlanta, 279 Ga. 480 (Ga. 2005) (taxpayer standing to sue for executive malfeasance)
Sims v. the State, 279 Ga. 389 (Ga. 2005) (competence to stand trial)
Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005) (for amici NAACP, AARP, SCLC, Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County, Inc., Citizens in Action, Cramer Hill Resident Association, Inc.) (eminent domain for economic development purposes)
Caldwell v. U.S., 57 Fed. Cl. 193 (Fed. Cl. 2003), 391 F.3d 1226 (Fed. Cir. 2004), cert. denied 126 S. Ct 366 (2005) (Fifth Amendment taking under National Trail Systems Act)
Cooke v. Cooke, 277 Ga. 731 (Ga. 2004) (personal jurisdiction and venue)
Burk v. Augusta-Richmond County, 365 F.3d 1247 (11th Cir. 2004) (First Amendment protest rights)