Sarah Davies Joins UVA Law as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Davies is a UVA Law graduate with 23 years of law firm experience, which included commercial litigation as well as hiring, and helping to develop, young associates.

July 15, 2014

Sarah Davies, a 1991 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, joined UVA Law this month as assistant dean for student affairs.

In the role, she will be responsible for providing a wide range of services to students, including managing new student orientation, supporting the Peer Advisor Program and other student organizations, assisting in making arrangements for disability accommodations, serving as a liaison with faculty, and providing assistance and support to individual students.

"I'm here to facilitate students' successful completion of law school, and to be a resource and a place to go when they don't know where they're supposed to go," Davies said. "One of the things that drew me to this position was the ability to interact with students."

Davies replaces Martha Ballenger, who retired in the spring after nine years in the role.

Davies comes to work for the Law School after 23 years of law firm practice, most recently in the Philadelphia office of Cozen O'Connor, where she was in charge of recruiting, professional development and mentoring, and also handled a wide range of commercial litigation. She began her legal career as a litigation associate in the Philadelphia office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius from 1991 to 1997.

At Morgan Lewis, Davies worked with another familiar face at the Law School, Kevin Donovan, who serves as senior assistant dean for career services. Davies said she looks forward to working with Donovan again and serving as a partner with his department as students go through the hiring process.

Dean Paul G. Mahoney said the student body will benefit from Davies' mix of empathy for others and enthusiasm for the job.

"Sarah has the energy, judgment and compassion to continue the exceptional work Martha Ballenger did," Mahoney said. "We are fortunate that Sarah has returned to Charlottesville to take on this important task."


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