Sage Stewart is a 1L (JD ’24) at Howard University School of Law. She attended the University of Central Florida, where she received a dual degree in Political Science and Psychology, with a minor in Diplomacy. Following her undergraduate studies, she began working at the U.S. Department of State, first within the Bureau of Administration, then the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. While working there, she also pursued her Master of Public Administration with Florida State University. Sage also engaged in number of volunteer organizations, including working as a college and career coach where she mentored high school students.

She is involved with/a member of the American Constitution Society, the American Society of International Law, the Howard International Law Society, the Howard Public Interest Legal Society, and the Washington Bar Association.

Sage is currently focusing on law school. After graduation, she hopes to go into international law, focusing on human rights and atrocity crimes. In her free time, she has taken up baking bread and veganizing her favorite recipes. She also has taken up listening to audiobooks and would love some recommendations!

When did you join the WBA?

Why did you join the WBA?
I joined the WBA to build out my legal network in DC. I have been in DC for about four years but realized when I started law school that I didn’t know that many lawyers working within the field. This association allows me to not only meet other lawyers, but specifically hear from other women and learn from their experiences in this male-dominated field.

What benefits do you get from being a part of the WBA and why do you think others should join?
The events that the WBA has hosted have been extremely enlightening. I have been able to hear about a number of topics from experts in the field as well as gaining advice of how to be successful in law school. I have also been empowered to engage further in the organization and take on leadership roles. The WBA has been extremely supportive and helpful.

Do you have a mentor/hero?
I have had a number of mentors, especially women of color, that have advised me on my journey and given support throughout my professional life. I would be remiss in not first acknowledging my mom, who has been my biggest cheerleader and always encouraged me to go further in any pursuits I put my mind to.

Professionally, I have a mentor who has stuck with me since high school! I have worked with her non-profit a number of times and during those periods I have learned more about advocating for those in need, than in any other role I’ve served in. She is always there to provide advice when I need it and is constantly reminding me of just how far I’ve come. Having a support system that knows so much about my background has been amazing and makes me grateful for the early interest that was taken in me and my success.

What words of advice do you have for women new to the profession?
Although law school and the legal field are difficult, you are here for a reason. You are worthy and you are able to do this! There are going to be days where you struggle, but there is a community out there that understands and is ready to give support however you need it.

What is the best advice you have received?
The best advice I have received is “even if there are other people doing it, they aren’t going to do it the same way you will, and the world needs your version too.”