Sarah Martinez is a Water Policy Specialist at the Center for Water Policy in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences. Hailing from Texas, as a descendant of Mexican immigrants, Martinez grew up on the Gulf Coast and spent her summers on the Yucatán peninsula with family. She was always interested in water, both its destructive forces and healing properties.
Martinez holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah in environmental studies and international studies. She graduated from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2021 with a juris doctorate. Martinez chaired the Student Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and held leadership positions in several student organizations, including the Natural Resources Law Forum, Minority Law Caucus, and If/When/How. Martinez completed clinical work with Utah Law’s Justice Lab Clinic, where she and her team focused on diversity in Utah's legal field and was awarded the David T. Lewis Experiential Award for Excellence in a Clinic.
Martinez has a variety of legal interests, including immigration, civil rights and business, but her real passion is environmental law. She externed with Clyde, Snow & Sessions’ Natural Resources Working Group, where she focused on water law and water banking projects. She interned with the ACLU of Utah and Utah’s Indigent Defense Commission.
Martinez spent her free time during law school volunteering with Girls on the Run and SOS Outreach, where she mentored at-risk youth. You can find Martinez biking or exploring all Wisconsin has to offer with her dog, Sage. She is excited to begin her legal career at the Center for Water Policy and hopes to pursue more work tailored to environmental justice.