Sara Wolff teaches Legal Research and Writing I and II in Maine Law’s first-year legal research and writing program.
Professor Wolff, a native of upstate New York, brings twenty years of varied legal writing and research experience to the classroom. As a student at the University of Virginia School of Law, she was a Dillard Fellow/teaching assistant for two years in the law school’s first-year legal research and writing program and was an Articles Editor on the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Following law school, she clerked for a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. She then entered private practice in the employee benefits group of Venable LLP in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. In addition to drafting traditional research memos, Professor Wolff’s practice involved drafting a variety of client communications, employee benefit and welfare plan documents, government submissions, and summary plan descriptions directed to plan participants.
Professor Wolff subsequently joined the United States Treasury Department in Washington, working as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel to the Internal Revenue Service where she worked on legal matters with the Treasury Department, the IRS, the Department of Justice, and advisors to Congress. There she drafted diverse forms of legal writing including Treasury regulations, revenue rulings, private letter rulings, revenue procedures, notices, pretrial motions, a position paper for an appellate brief, opinion letters, and speeches.
After moving with her family to Maine in 2006, Professor Wolff worked for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court until 2014. In the spring of 2012, she became an adjunct professor at Maine Law, first teaching Advanced Legal Writing and then Legal Writing II. Professor Wolff joined Maine Law as a full-time faculty member in fall 2014. In summer 2016 and 2017, Professor Wolff was on the faculty of the Discoverlaw.org PreLaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program at Maine Law.
Professor Wolff’s research interests focus primarily on the pedagogy of legal writing.