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Sara Kobak - Appellate Litigation Attorney - Portland, OR

Sara Kobak


503-796-3735 Direct

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Professional Experience
Sara Kobak focuses on appellate litigation. Ms. Kobak has significant experience before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Kobak also has assisted with briefing before the United States Supreme Court at both the certiorari and merits stages. Before joining the firm, Ms. Kobak served for three years as the law clerk for then-Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court. Before entering law school, Ms. Kobak worked as an advocate for families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Professional & Community Activities
Ms. Kobak is very involved in civic and community matters. Ms. Kobak maintains an active pro bono practice by volunteering with the firm's pro bono legal clinic. She also is a volunteer attorney with the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program, and she served on the Associates Committee for the Campaign for Equal Justice. Most recently, Ms. Kobak has been serving as pro bono counsel in a death-penalty post-conviction proceeding. 

Professional Activities and Memberships
Appellate Practice Section, Oregon State Bar, Executive Committee
Appellate Advocacy Committee of DRI, Pro Bono Appeals Chair and Diversity Liason
Oregon Women Lawyers
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Multnomah County Bar Association
United States Supreme Court Historical Society
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Publications and Presentations

Panel Moderator, Appeals of Arbitration Awards, DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar (2016).

Co-Author, Pro Bono Appeals: Opportunities to Get Involved, Certworthy, Vol. 16, Issue 1 (2015)

Co-Presenter, Legal Writing, Oregon State Bar, Opportunities for Law in Oregon Program (2013).

Co-Presenter, What's Next? From the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court, Appellate Tips for Litigators, Oregon Law Institute of Lewis and Clark Law School (2012).

Co-Presenter, Preservation of Error for Appeal, Multnomah Bar Association (2011).

Co-Author, The Effective Amicus Curiae Brief: Making an Impact as a Friend of the Court, Certworthy, Vol. 13, Issue 1 (2011).

Co-Author, Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr.: Contributions to Oregon Law, 43 Willamette L. Rev. 499 (2007).

Co-Author, Damages, Prejudgment Interest, Oregon State Bar Legal Publications (2007 Supp.).

Author, State Court Action Is Not Precluded by Previous Federal Court Action Involving the Same Claim, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (Summer 2009).

Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude (2002)
Beloit College, Bachelor of Arts degree in Literary Studies (1992)

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