U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
NominatedSeptember 30, 2021
ConfirmedMarch 31, 2022
Sarah Geraghty was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on March 31, 2022.
Previously, she was Senior Counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, where her practice focuses on civil rights, habeas corpus, and class action litigation.
In 2018, Geraghty represented an indigent client who had to wait two months in jail while accused of a minor crime due to his inability to pay bail.
In 2016, Geraghty represented a domestic violence victim who was fined $150 and threatened with jail time for opting not to press charges against her abuser. Her client sued the city of Columbus, Georgia. After Geraghty and the Southern Center for Human Rights filed a habeas petition, her client was released, and the case was ultimately dismissed.
From 2002 to 2003, Geraghty was a Staff Attorney in the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York.
In 2020, Geraghty was named “Attorney of the Year” by the Fulton County Daily Report and a “Legal Legend” by the American Constitution Society.
Upon confirmation, Geraghty became the second public defender (following fellow nominee Victoria Calvert) to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Geraghty received her B.A. from Northwestern University, her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law. She clerked for Judge James B. Zagel of the Northern District of Illinois.