SARAH B. CURE
From a young age, I wanted to be a lawyer. My interest in advocacy started immediately, being the youngest of three siblings. It was no surprise to my family when I joined the high school debate team and put my skills to good use.
Being fond of the mountains and free thinking, it was also no shock when I chose the University of Colorado at Boulder to attend college where I double-majored in Philosophy and Sociology. It was there where I had my first encounter with the justice system as an intern at the Public Defender’s Office. I recall helping lawyers organize cases, finding witnesses, and watching trials. My favorite part of the internship was going to the jail and learning the client’s story – not what happened to land them in shackles but the life story that led them there. When my internship was complete, and after some serious convincing, a professor agreed to sponsor a class I created – teaching “Life Skills” to inmates at the Boulder County Jail. It was through these two experiences that my passion for advocacy grew specifically to criminal defense.
Shortly after my course was complete at the Boulder County Jail, I took a job as a Corrections Officer at Platte Valley Youth Detention Center where I could interact with juveniles and see first-hand the flaws in the juvenile system. A year later I graduated with honors for my thesis opposing juveniles being tried as adults. Law school was undoubtedly the next step.
Franklin Pierce Law Center felt like home from day one. At this small private law school in Concord, New Hampshire, I quickly found a surrogate family that kept me going through the strain of law school. I also fell in love. I worked for one attorney who hated life, helped an amazing professor publish an article, and was the first rock-paper-scissors champion at the local pub. Perhaps more importantly, I fell in love with the courtroom. As an intern at the Homicide Unit of the Attorney General’s Office, I got to watch some of the best trial attorneys argue the most heinous crimes in the state and I knew one day I would be a trial attorney. Competing in trial advocacy I began developing my own courtroom style. In my final year of law school, I also learned the value of effective legal writing after drafting an appellate brief successfully argued in the Supreme Court of New Hampshire. The one thing I struggled with in law school was playing the part of the boring, money-driven lawyer. This struggle was resolved when a brilliant professor showed me that I didn’t need to pretend to be a lawyer, I could be myself and practice from the heart.
After law school, I returned to Colorado to be near my family and start putting my education to good use. After working in two law firms, I opened my own office in February 2008. My goal was to provide honest and compassionate defense with the freedom to choose my own cases. As such, each case I accept has a client, a cause, or a constitutional issue about which I feel passionately.
Shortly after returning to Colorado in 2005, I became interested in the legal issues surrounding medical marijuana. I quickly became akin to the cause, the legal challenges it faced and the people involved. In addition to representing numerous medical marijuana patients in criminal cases, I also provided consulting services to caregivers, dispensaries and other attorneys.
The other area of law that quickly became a passion of mine was representing those being held for mental health reasons. On behalf of my clients, I challenge the county’s request for short term certifications, forced administration of medications and forced administration of electroshock therapy.
In 2008 I found my true first passion that was not related to law. Roller derby! As a founding member of Choice City Rebels Roller Derby, for several years I would be in the courtroom by the day and skating at night. Roller derby allowed me to let my frustration with the justice system out in a positive, legal manner.
In 2015 I retired from roller derby to start a family. As a mother to an adorable but stubborn daughter, I have learned that defiance of authority perhaps is genetic. In my very little spare time I attend concerts (especially Depeche Mode), read comic books (anything Neil Gaiman) and wait all year for Halloween.
University of Colorado at Boulder
- 2001 Bachelor of Arts and Science – Philosophy: Law & Society, Cum Laude
- 2001 Bachelor of Arts and Science – Sociology
Franklin Pierce Law
- 2005 Juris Doctor
- 2005 Colorado Supreme Court
- 2005 United States District Court
- 2016 United States Supreme Court
Life Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
Larimer County Felony Private Bar representative to the judges
Contract Attorney with Alternate Defense Counsel
Contract Attorney with Larimer Judicial for Mental Health Cases
Previous member of Larimer County Juvenile Review Board
Faculty for Trial Advocacy Training
Member of National Immigration Project
Speaker to various legal organizations on the following subjects:
- Medical Marijuana
- Know Your Rights
- Sentencing/Mitigation: Be a Superhero
- The Power of Negotiating Ethically: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls While Plea Bargaining
Every year my incarcerated clients receive a Christmas card from The Cure Law Office. It usually features my dog getting in trouble.
Teaching my investigator’s son very young to ask for a lawyer.
When your friends help you carry your mannequin from the courthouse after trial.
It was a long road but we finally got what we needed.
The Cure Law Office sponsored a mud run but only one convict made it through with her ball/chain still attached.
This is what my investigator, Peaches, and I look like after an 11 minute not-guilty verdict.
Grammy (97 here) is my greatest legal asset. When I have a difficult trial, sentencing or motions hearing I call her up and ask her to say a prayer. She always does.
I needed a pair of lungs for trial and my paralegal was able to borrow a pair of preserved sheep lungs from CSU.
My dog/legal assistant. He usually hears my opening statements before anybody else does.
For about 1 ½ years I had a wall of witnesses in an organized crime case on my living room wall. It became so many it started taking up the hall way too but I can still remember those witnesses when I see them on the streets.
I attended the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department Citizen’s Academy to learn about their process, their thinking, their protocol and such. Here I am with Sheriff Smith in a Kevlar vest the day they (allegedly) taught us how to arrest a suspect. I had a few tips for them
Co-counsel and I sitting at the scene of a homicide for an afternoon to get a feel of the area.
I needed a human anatomy model for a trial. My high school biology teacher, Mama Hughes, brought this guy over just as soon as she found out.
I once had an Attempted Murder that involved a AR-15 jamming and a 9mm. I went to the shooting range, made friends with gun enthusiasts and shot a whole lot of different guns in the name of research and stress relief.
I had a trial coming up and needed a hood of a car. I wanted the jury to imagine being inside a car that is being beaten with a baseball bat. I stopped by the junk yard on the way home and this fine gentlemen let me beat cars up with a baseball bat.
Sometimes we resolve conflict in the office with a leg wrestling match.
Me in front of the United States Supreme Court going to listen to oral arguments.
My dear Grammy at my pirate themed swearing-in party.
I once had an entire restitution hearing on the value of Homies.
A gift I’ve been known to give clients.
The Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an idol of mine. This picture is one that reminds me of her relationship with the late Justice Scalia and how I should view my opponents. Disagree with respect and use their legal arguments to improve mine.
April 26, 2017 – getting sworn in at the United States Supreme Court. To argue cases in the United States Supreme Court you must be a member of the bar. There is no photography in the courtroom so here is a picture before my swearing-in with my sponsor and best friend, Annette Kwok.
A pin I received from a friend that has become my trial good luck charm.
Not only did we get a 20 minute not guilty verdict in Weld County, the judge gave us donuts afterwards.
The lunch of an attorney who got an 11 minute not guilty verdict.
Won a Second Degree Assault trial where my client was facing habitual offender counts.
One of my favorite movie scenes of all time.
University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law where I attended law school.
I once had a trial in Holyoke, Colorado (a few miles from the Kansas/Nebraska border). This was their security in the building. I truly enjoyed trial in this jurisdiction. It involved the clerk spoiling us all (jurors included) with homemade cinnamon rolls and the judge letting me use his chambers for phone calls. Most everybody…
This is not a bag of meth, it’s a bag of sugar but it didn’t stop security from properly investigating/interrogating when I brought it into court for a sentencing. I wanted to show the court what 7.4 grams of meth looked like.
It took months but eventually I was able to save/pardon Chico from death in a case where his owner was charged with Dangerous Animal and the Larimer County Humane Society insisted on executing him.
I worked in two law firms before waking up one day and deciding I needed to practice law my way. On February 11, 2008 I opened The Cure Law Office. The office started with this trip to Sam’s Club where I purchased about $60.00 worth of supplies. We haven’t slowed down since.
October 22, 2005 I was sworn in as an attorney in the State of Colorado. Most attorneys get sworn in at a mass ceremony at the Colorado Supreme Court. I found a loop-hole in the swearing-in statute that allows a swearing-in by a “ship’s captain.” Well… my friend had a speed boat at the time.…