Sarah Parshall Perry

Sarah Parshall Perry

Senior Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Courts
  • The Constitution
  • Life
  • Religious Liberty

Sarah Parshall Perry is a Senior Legal Fellow for the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

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Sarah Parshall Perry is a Senior Legal Fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation where she focuses on civil rights, constitutional governance, regulatory policy, and the proper role of the courts.

She is former Senior Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education where she focused on policy reform, technical guidance, and the Department's annual report to Congress, among others. Prior to that, she served as In-House Counsel and Development Director at a multi-million-dollar advertising agency and began her legal career as an associate in the field of complex civil litigation, focusing on maritime/admiralty, False Claims Act (“Qui Tam”), and Title VII employment discrimination law. Sarah serves on the executive committee for civil rights of the Federalist Society and is a member of the Kirkpatrick Society at the American Enterprise Institute.

Sarah is a policy consultant and widely published author with publications on topics ranging from law and public policy to education, parenting, disability advocacy, and the arts. She managed education reform initiatives at the Family Research Council and has written widely on the fight against the industrialized education complex. Her work at the Family Research Council also included the building and oversight of multiple policy coalitions geared toward the fight against antisemitism in academia, limiting tech censorship, and protecting religious liberty within the services branches.

In addition, Sarah served as the regular stand-in host on “Washington Watch,” a nationally syndicated current events radio program heard on 425+ stations nationwide. She is herself a frequent media guest and public speaker on law and policy and has testified multiple times before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Sarah has appeared in both national and international media outlets, including the Associated Press, BBC World News, BBC radio, Alhurra, Fox News, The Washington Times, National Review, NPR, and The New York Times, among others.

Sarah has a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was an editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law, a recipient of the American Jurisprudence award, a Phi Delta Phi honor society member, and a student practitioner before the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism with honors from Liberty University. Sarah is the mother of three children, and the author of just as many books on the trials and triumphs of parenting children on the autism spectrum.