Sarah L. Quinn
(814) 333-4908
Office: Meadville
J.D. Ohio Northern University
B.A. Westminster College
Licensure: PA
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Growing up in the era of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Sarah Quinn became intrigued with the practice of law at a young age. Now an experienced and talented lawyer, Sarah appreciates that practicing law is much more than what was portrayed on screen. Her legal career began during the natural gas boom in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. During that time, Sarah gained experience assisting energy companies buy, sell, and lease mineral assets for horizontal drilling.   

While practicing energy law, Sarah also serves institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania.  She helps colleges and universities develop policies and procedures, solidify vendor relationships, and manage often challenging situations involving students, faculty, and staff. Sarah often counsels higher education clients regarding workplace harassment, mental health issues, overtime regulations, hazing, transgender issues, and Title IX.

Work Experience

2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2010 Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug, P.C.

Speaking Engagements


“Free Speech on Campus,” ACS Higher Education Newsletter, May 2019

“Tenured Professor Banned from Campus,” ACS Higher Education Newsletter, February 2019

“The Legalization of Sports Gambling and Its Impact on Higher Ed,” ACS Higher Education Newsletter, June 2018

“The Fallout at Michigan State After the Nassar Scandal,” ACS Higher Education Newsletter, February 2018

“California Court Rules that Colleges and Universities Have an Affirmative Duty to Protect Students from Violence,” ACS Higher Education Newsletter, April 2018

“Overhaul of The Higher Education Act,” ACS Higher Education Newsletter, December 2017

“Education Dept. Replaces Obama-Era Title IX Directives with New Interim Guidance,” ACS Higher Education Newsletter, October 2017

“Now Trending: Schools are Taking Action Against Faculty Members & Students Based on their Social Media Activity,” ACS Higher Education Newsletter, August 2017


“Students and Mental Health Issues on Campus,” 4th Annual AICUO Collaborative Conference, June 2019

“Threat Assessment and Crisis Management,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Higher Education Seminar, May 2019

“Business Culture and the #MeToo Movement,” Allegheny College Executive Roundtable, April 2019

“Mental Health Issues: Accommodations At-Home and Abroad,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Higher Education Seminar, May 2018

"Impact of Recent Developments on Title IX Policies,” Pittsburgh Business Times, May 2017

"Discrimination and Harassment Training for Employees,” Westminster College, November 2016

“Overtime Regulations,” Crawford County Chamber Luncheon, October 2016

"Pleasing Our Client," NALA Conference, April 2011


2017 Survey on Oil & Gas, OU One J Online Natural Resources Law Journal, Pennsylvania and New York

2016 Survey on Oil & Gas, OU One J Online Natural Resources Law Journal, Pennsylvania and New York

2014 Survey on Oil & Gas, Texas A&M Law Review, Pennsylvania and New York

Key Experience

Reviewed and updated student handbooks for multiple private higher education institutions
Worked with major non-profit organization to identify compliance issues arising under regulations promulgated by the U.S. Dept. of Education
Reviewed software licensing agreement between private higher education institution and vendor

Memberships & Awards

Northwest Pennsylvania Inns of Court, Auditor
Crawford County Bar Association, Chair of the Young Lawyers Division
Pennsylvania Bar Association, House of Delegates, Young Lawyer Delegate
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2016