Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law
Sarah Winsberg’s research in legal history examines the process of making legal categories. Looking beyond the courtroom and the best remembered legal thinkers, she shows how long-forgotten writers’ and editors’ work in labeling and annotating cases produced gradual, yet ultimately profound, change in the law. In her current project, she argues that nineteenth-century legal writers reshaped American understandings of labor by distinguishing business partnership, marital and family labor, slavery, and servitude from an emerging category of “employment” and from each other. Her work makes contributions in employment law, contracts, and legal ethics.
Sarah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School summa cum laude in 2017 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is supervised by Sarah Barringer Gordon. In 2018-19, Sarah clerked for Judge Anthony Scirica on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, Sarah worked as a paralegal in civil legal aid at Legal Assistance of Western New York and earned a B.A. in history magna cum laude from Yale University. Sarah’s article in Legal Ethics received the Deborah Rhode Prize from the International Association of Legal Ethics. Her research has been supported by the New York Public Library, the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania.