Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp selected Sarah Skow as the recipient of the 2019 Citizen Appreciation Award for her work with individuals who are homeless and housing insecure. Sarah was recognized during a ceremony at City Council Chambers, along with other outstanding citizens in areas including Life Saving, Telecommunication, Distinguished Service, Outstanding Dispatcher, Officer of the Year, and Leadership.
Sarah’s receipt of this award was the result of her hard work and dedication in many areas of the local community, but primarily due to her work in forming “Fight Homelessness. Period.” Sarah started this a grassroots campaign to provide feminine hygiene products to those who are homeless, housing insecure, and low-income. Sarah has coordinated drop-off locations for the tens of thousands of products collected, and distributes them throughout the community and provided to multiple non-profit and other organizations for distribution.
Sarah’s community engagement further extends to a wide variety of boards and organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts, the Board of Trustees of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (Past President), the Children’s Theatre Workshop (Past President), Mom’s House Sisters-in-Law Mentoring Program, The University of Toledo College of Law Dean’s Advisory Council, The University of Toledo Law Alumni Association Board of Governors, ABLE/LAWO Boards of Directors (Vice President), the ABLE/LAWO Emerging Leaders Council (Founding Chair, 2011), and the City of Toledo’s Walbridge Park Advisory Board. Sarah is also an Engage Toledo Ambassador, as a graduate of the City of Toledo’s 2018 Engage Toledo Ambassador Academy.
Sarah is a partner in the firm’s civil litigation and employment law sections. She has a diverse litigation practice, primarily in the areas of complex business litigation, professional malpractice defense, tort litigation, public entity defense, landlord/tenant, civil rights, and employment law. She has appeared on behalf of clients at trial and on appeal in state and federal courts. Sarah also assists and advises companies and nonprofits on organizational matters and strategic planning. Sarah assists the Pro Bono Legal Services Program of the Toledo Bar Association by volunteering at Juvenile Court clinics, and has represented victims of domestic violence at civil protection hearings in Domestic Relations Court, for which she received the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Service Commendation.