Quinnipiac University
Sarah F. Russell

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 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 and as Counsel to 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.
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  • BA, Yale University
  • JD, Yale University

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Clinical Education
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Juvenile Law


  • Law

Office Location

  • School of Law and Education 126E

Mail Drop

  • LW-FAC

Selected Publications

Procedures for Proportionate Sentences: The Next Wave of Eighth Amendment Noncapital Litigation

Sarah French Russell & Tracy L. Denholtz

48 CONN. L. REV. 1121 (2016)

Jury Sentencing and Juveniles: Eighth Amendment Limits and Sixth Amendment Rights

Sarah French Russell

56 B.C.L. REV. 553 (2015)

Review for Release: Juvenile Offenders, State Parole Practices, and the Eighth Amendment

Sarah French Russell

89 IND. L.J. 373 (2014)

Reluctance to Resentence: Courts, Congress, and Collateral Review

Sarah French Russell

91 N.C. L. REV 79 (2012)

Rethinking Recidivist Enhancements: The Role of Prior Drug Convictions in Federal Sentencing

Sarah French Russell

43 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1135 (2010)