Sarah Helene Duggin
Director, Law and Public Policy Program
Prior to coming to Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, Sarah Duggin was Vice President & General Counsel of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). Her duties included managing a 150-person law department with responsibility for corporate transactions, litigation, labor and employment, disciplinary hearings, EEO investigations, and nationwide claims administration, as well as advising Amtrak's Board and Chief Executive Officer. Sarah has also served as Chief Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, a multi-facility academic medical care provider, and as General Counsel of the Children's National Medical Center. Prior to her general counsel positions, Sarah was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly where she litigated complex criminal and civil cases, including a number of pro bono matters.
Sarah is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was Articles Editor of the law review, winner of the David Amram prize for civil procedure, and an editorial assistant to Professor George Haskins, author of the second volume of the Holmes Devise History of the United States Supreme Court. Sarah's undergraduate degree is from Smith College where she received an A.B. magna cum laude with highest honors in government and high honors in economics and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Spottswood W. Robinson, III, the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
At CUA Sarah teaches primarily in the areas of corporate and constitutional law. From time to time she also teaches professional responsibility and civil rights. She has taught a number of continuing legal education courses and in-house and client seminars on managing complex civil litigation, managing crises, and dealing with corporate criminal investigations. Sarah has provided legal consulting advice to several health care and other corporate clients and has participated in a number of community service organizations, particularly work with education and small business initiatives in Honduras. Sarah has published numerous articles in the areas of the role and professional responsibility of corporate counsel, corporate law and responsibility, and constitutional law.
Sarah is also an Episcopal priest with a Master of Divinity with honors from Wesley Theological Seminary. She serves as assistant rector (part-time) of St. John’s Episcopal Church-Georgetown Parish in Washington, D.C., and she is a member of the Constitutions and Canons Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
Sarah is married to Kirk Renaud. Sarah and Kirk have two sons, Alexander and Bryant, and a dog named Jesse.