Inyoung (Sarah) Hwang, Senior Legal Fellow, is a U.S. lawyer based in New York City. Prior to joining CJA, Ms. Hwang was a senior litigation associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP where she handled complex commercial disputes, regulatory inquiries and internal investigations both foreign and domestic. Her practice areas included general commercial contracts, white collar crime and foreign corrupt practices. Ms. Hwang also maintained an extensive pro bono practice specializing in international human rights and criminal justice. She spearheaded research initiatives, drafted white papers, and coordinated advocacy training programs for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. Ms. Hwang also collaborated with the United Nations Joint Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect on research projects addressing NSAG matters. She represented clients seeking asylum or withholding of removal, and pioneered Shearman’s participation in Clemency Project 2014, a pro bono effort to assist federal prisoners with their clemency petitions in furtherance of President Barack Obama’s criminal justice reform initiative. In her time at Shearman, Ms. Hwang worked with several non-profit organizations including CJA. She was co-counsel to CJA in its Colvin v. Syria litigation.
Ms. Hwang holds a B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University, a J.D. (with honors) from the George Washington University Law School, and certification in international human rights law from Oxford University. Ms. Hwang is admitted to practice in the State of New York.