Professor of Law
Director of the Legal Clinic
Sarah French Russell focuses her research and teaching on sentencing policy, juvenile justice, prison conditions, prisoner reentry issues, and the problems of access to justice. At Quinnipiac, she co-directs the Civil Justice Clinic, which gives students the opportunity to represent low-income clients and work on policy projects. Russell leads the Clinic's Juvenile Sentencing Project, which advocates for a meaningful opportunity for release for children sentenced to long prison terms. Russell serves on the Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Connecticut’s Committee on Judicial Ethics, and the Federal Grievance Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Russell came to Quinnipiac from Yale Law School, where she served as Director of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program and taught in the Criminal Defense, Prison Legal Services, and Supreme Court clinics. Before teaching at Yale, Russell worked at the Federal Public Defender's Office in New Haven where, as an assistant federal defender, she represented indigent clients in federal court at the trial and appellate levels. Russell clerked for Chief Judge Michael B. Mukasey in the Southern District of New York and for Judge Chester J. Straub on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Sarah French Russell & Tracy L. Denholtz, Procedures for Proportionate Sentences: The Next Wave of Eighth Amendment Noncapital Litigation, 48 CONN. L. REV. 1121 (2016).
Sarah French Russell, Jury Sentencing and Juveniles: Eighth Amendment Limits and Sixth Amendment Rights, 56 B.C.L. REV. 553 (2015).
Sarah French Russell, Review for Release: Juvenile Offenders, State Parole Practices, and the Eighth Amendment, 89 IND. L.J. 373 (2014).
Sarah French Russell, Reluctance to Resentence: Courts, Congress, and Collateral Review, 91 N.C. L. REV 79 (2012).
Sarah French Russell, Rethinking Recidivist Enhancements: The Role of Prior Drug Convictions in Federal Sentencing, 43 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1135 (2010).