Sara McDermott is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her pro bono practice focuses on civil rights/prison litigation, including juvenile justice litigation. She served as amicus counsel in two juvenile justice cases before the California Supreme Court in 2020: O.G. v. Superior Ct. of Ventura Cty., 11 Cal. 5th 82 (2021) and In re Palmer, 10 Cal. 5th 959 (2021). She also represented the Youth Justice Coalition, among others, in a writ petition filed directly in the California Supreme Court, seeking to protect the health and constitutional rights of youth and adults incarcerated in correctional facilities across the state. (NACDL v. Newsom, No. S261827 (2020).) Ms. McDermott strives to stay involved in community-based juvenile justice reform efforts, as a member of the PJDC advisory board. She is also the author of Calibrating the Eighth Amendment: Graham, Miller, and the Right to Mental Healthcare in Juvenile Prison, 63 UCLA Law Review 712 (2016).
Before law school, Ms. McDermott worked with justice-involved youth at the YWCA of Greater Austin. Ms. McDermott earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. She clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Michael W. Fitzgerald in the Central District of California.