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Sarah Lynne Balderas was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She attended Bishop Carroll High School and received The Greater Wichita Sports Commission’s Lynette Woodard Female Athlete of the Year Award in 2011. She then graduated from Newman University with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree, majoring in English while playing Division II softball. After college, she moved to Topeka, Kansas, and received her Juris Doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law. While studying at Washburn Law, Sarah had the opportunity to work for Kansas Legal Services in Wichita, the Department of Homeland Security in Kansas City, the Washburn Law Clinic in Topeka, and with the Honorable Judge Birzer at the United States District Court for the District of Kansas in Wichita.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, golfing, playing volleyball, coaching, exercising, and meal prepping.


Newman University

Washburn University School of Law


State of Kansas

Immigration Courts in the United States




Raymond Spring Award (2017) – In 2002 the Kansas Association for Justice (KsAJ), formerly Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, established an award in remembrance of Raymond Spring. This award is given to the Law Clinic intern who has demonstrated the highest commitment to providing legal services to clients in need.

Washburn Student Bar Association Student Leader Award (2017)

Greater Wichita Sports Commission’s Lynette Woodard Female Athlete of the Year (2011)

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

– Sylvia Plath