Sarah Stevenson is a litigator and a member of the firm’s Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Department. Her practice focuses on water law, Native American law, and commercial litigation. She represents clients in federal and state district courts and administrative agencies, and in appeals to the United States Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and New Mexico Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Sarah’s water law practice includes water adjudications and interstate water compacts. In the field of Native American law, she advises clients on issues regarding jurisdiction, indigenous rights, contract formation, and natural resource development. She litigates business disputes, and has experience in employment and First Amendment law. She has argued before the New Mexico Supreme Court and regularly represents parties and amicus curiae in federal and state appeals.
Sarah is a member of the State Bar Indian Law Section Board of Directors and Chair of its CLE Committee, provides pro bono legal services to families in conjunction with the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and a former member of the Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee.
Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, and received a joint J.D./M.A. in International Political Economics and Development from Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. While at Fordham, she was chosen as a Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights, participated in the Leitner Human Rights Clinic, and was a research assistant for Professor Russell Pearce. She clerked for the Honorable Patricio M. Serna of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 2009 to 2011. Her B.A. is from Scripps College.
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2009, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Dean’s List 2007-2009
Fordham University, M.A., International Political Economy and Development, 2009
Scripps College, B.A., American Studies, 2001, with honors
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
- Modrall Sperling CLE Committee Chair, 2016-2017
- Board of Directors, Indian Law Section, State Bar of New Mexico, 2015-2017
- Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2011-present; Young Professionals Committee, 2012-2016; Human Rights and the Extractive Industries Conference Steering Committee, February 2016
- Oliver Seth Inn of Court
- New Mexico Women’s Bar Association
- Law Clerk, Justice Patricio M. Serna, New Mexico Supreme Court, 2009-2011
- U. S. Peace Corps, Niger, West Africa; HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator, 2004-2005; Community Health Agent, 2002-2004
- Maria O’Brien & Sarah M. Stevenson, Don’t Let the Well Run Dry: Management and Use of Groundwater in Times of Scarcity, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute Proceedings, Vol. 61, ch. 23 (2015).
- Stuart R. Butzier & Sarah M. Stevenson, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Sacred Sites and Traditional Cultural Properties and the Role of Consultation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent, 32 J. Energy & Nat. Resources L. No. 3, 297 (2014).
- Sarah M. Stevenson, Maori Land Rights & the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 32 Fordham Int’l L. J. 298 (2008).
- Tribal Consultation and Influence on Off-Reservation Development, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Indian Law and Natural Resources: The Basics and Beyond, Sept. 26-27, 2017, Westminster, Colorado, Sarah M. Stevenson & Vanessa Ray-Hodges.
- Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Sacred Sites and the Role of Consultation and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Int’l Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment, April 22-24, 2013, Cartagena, Colombia, Sarah M. Stevenson & Stuart R. Butzier.