J.D. high honors, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
Experience practicing in a variety of areas of law including: civil litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, family law, guardian ad litem work, probate, business, contracts, and more.
Attorney, Hertel Law, S.C. (2012-present)
Attorney, Herrick & Hart, S.C. (2008-2012)
Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District III, Law Clerk (2006-2008)
Wisconsin Judicare, Staff Attorney, ( 2004-2005)
Current/Past Volunteer Positions
Criminal Court Review Committee, Team Member 2013-present
LE Phillips Memorial Public Library, Board Member 2013-present, vice president of the board 2015-2016, president of the board 2016-2017
Eau Claire County Bar Association, treasurer 2010-2011, president elect 2017 -2017, president 2017-2018
Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament Region One, coordinator, 2012-2014, judge 2015
Eau Claire County Free Legal Clinic
City of Eau Claire Administrative Review Board, board member, 2012-2014
Temple Sholom of Eau Claire, board member, 2014 to present
River Source Family Resource Center, volunteer 2006-2007
My name is Sarah Harless and I am running for Circuit Court judge for Branch five of the Eau Claire County Circuit Court. As an experienced attorney with a well-rounded legal background, I have the experience and commitment to public service necessary to fill this position.
I originally entered law school after volunteering on a weekly basis at the local domestic violence women’s shelter in college. I made the decision to go to law school to gain the tools and skills to help people through the most difficult times in their lives. I met and married my husband in law school, and after graduating we moved to Wisconsin to be nearer to his family.
My family and I have made Eau Claire our home. We ended up in Eau Claire in 2005. There’s something special about Eau Claire. My husband and I fell in love with Eau Claire pretty early on, and within a couple years, we weren’t thinking of going anywhere else. Both of our boys were born here, took their first steps on the UWEC campus, and are now attending local public school. We cannot imagine calling anywhere else home.
I have always enjoyed having the opportunity to help people and effect change. Community service has been a central aspect of my life because I very much believe in making the world a better place. After having kids, my commitment to community service grew because I realized that this is the world I’m leaving to my kids. I have had the privilege of serving on the board of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library; volunteering at the River Source Family Center; developing the Hebrew School, and serving on the board at my synagogue. I have enjoyed the opportunities to introduce my children to public service, volunteering for and with the synagogue in the community. This year, my boys helped members of Temple Sholom and the Altoona Masjid to serve the Easter meal at the Community Table.
In addition to my personal volunteer work, I find tremendous value in using my professional abilities to help people in unfortunate cases get their lives back on track. Through taking public defender and county appointments I have worked with people who were in need of help. When I began working in Eau Claire, we had two relatively new treatment courts, and had not yet implemented evidence based decision making. I was here as our County grew and expanded its treatment courts and implemented evidence based decision making. I have seen what a big difference these initiatives have made to my clients and to this community. These wonderful programs have helped people to get their lives back on track, reduced recidivism, and saved money, creating a safer and stronger community.
Now, I ask for the opportunity to continue to look out for the best interests of the community in a new capacity as judge for the Eau Claire County Circuit Court. I appreciate your time and thought in considering this race.