Sabrina is rated
“Highly Recommended”
by the Allegheny County Bar Association.

  • This is the highest rating given to judicial candidates seeking election to the Court of Common Pleas.
  • To receive this rating means that Sabrina’s peers believe she “exhibits preeminence in the law by way of outstanding legal ability and a wide range of experience…and has a reputation in the legal community as standing at the top of her profession.”
  • It is very meaningful that Sabrina’s colleagues believe she “exhibits outstanding citizenship by way of community and professional contributions.”
  • Sabrina is honored to receive this rating and humbled that others in the legal profession consider her to “possesses the highest reputation for integrity and temperament…and an exceptional individual who will enhance the competency, dignity and public perception of the bench.”

Experience:

  • Legal Director – Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Founding Commissioner – City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission
  • Hearing Officer – Allegheny County Retirement Board
  • Member — Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Member – Allegheny County Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Member – Allegheny County Children’s Roundtable
  • Implementation Co-Chair – Family Violence Committee
  • President – Pittsburgh Matrimonial Inn of Court
  • Former member – Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee
  • Former Member – Allegheny County Bar Association Board of Governors
  • Co-Chair – Public Service Committee – Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Fellow – Allegheny County Bar Foundation

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2009 Allegheny County Bar Foundation Public Interest Attorney Award
  • 2011 Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award
  • 2017 Women of Achievement Award
  • 2020 Salute to Legal Excellence Award

Hard work, respect for others and public service are values that exist in the core of every lesson Sabrina’s parents taught her. Raised in a union household, Sabrina’s father worked for decades as a loyal and dedicated laborer. Her mother devoted her career to lifting up others at the Visiting Nurses Association. Together, Sabrina’s parents devoted their time and resources to Sabrina and her sister, supporting Sabrina’s educational achievements and coaching her into a star softball player and a state champion bowler. A proud working class family, Sabrina’s parents always ensured that she had access to a quality public education, a sense of community, and encouragement to find her own path to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Sabrina received her degree in Political Science and Legal Studies as a student in the Honors Program at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania; while there, Sabrina was a leader in her local chapter of her sorority. Sabrina attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate and served as President of the Student Bar Association. Although receiving partial scholarships for her academic accomplishments, Sabrina worked multiple jobs during her time in college and law school to pay tuition and bills and it is that work ethic that has always stayed with her.

Sabrina has devoted and dedicated her entire legal career to saving the lives of domestic violence victims and their children. Sabrina is the Legal Director at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh where she has worked since 2002. Her practice focuses on providing free legal representation to victims of intimate partner violence, primarily in cases involving family law matters such as protection from abuse, custody, child and spousal support, and divorce, so that domestic violence survivors can obtain justice, autonomy, safety, and restoration.

Sabrina also supervises the Women’s Center and Shelter Civil Law Project; since its creation in 2001, Sabrina has managed the legal representation of survivors of domestic violence in over 7000 cases, regularly serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and the refugee, immigrant and limited English proficiency population in Allegheny County. Additionally, Sabrina works tirelessly to improve the justice system in ways that provide transparent and easier access to the Courts and that protect and serve those who are most resource burdened while they negotiate their safety under life threatening conditions. Sabrina works passionately to establish best practices that promote safety, respect and equal and open access to justice for all litigants who seek relief through the court system. Additionally, Sabrina regularly serves on educational and policy panels as an expert in domestic violence dynamics and has taught hundreds of attorneys how to handle pro bono Protection from Abuse cases.

While attending law school, Sabrina lived in the City of Pittsburgh’s neighborhood of the 14th ward. She later moved with her husband, to the City of Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood. After many years in the City, Sabrina currently resides in Ross Township with her husband, Steve and two teenage daughters, Addison and Madeleine.

Community is extremely important to Sabrina. She has served as the Secretary of the local PTO and as a Board Member of her local Women’s Club. She was elected as a Democratic Committee Woman and Secretary of the Ross Township Democratic Committee. She devotes her free time to supporting democratic candidates in local, state and national campaigns. Her biggest success is also her most important role – being a mom and supporting her daughters’ activities and achievements.

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Endorsements

Honorary Chairs:

Treasurer John Weinstein
Senator Lindsey Williams

Chair: Franny Salachup

Democratic Organizations

The Chartier’s Valley Democratic Chairs Organization
Eastern Regional Democratic Organization (ERDO)
The South Park Democratic Committee
The Democrats of Dormont
Carnegie Democratic Committee
Monroeville Democratic Committee
Plum Borough Democratic Committee

 
 
 

  • The Allegheny County Democratic Committee
  • The Young Democrats of Allegheny County
  • Steel City Stonewall Democrats
  • NOBO Progressives
  • The 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club

Labor and Unions

  • The Laborer’s District Council of Western PA
  • IUPAT District Council 57
  • Iron Workers Local 3
  • Steamfitters Local 449
  • AFGE #1916
  • Teamsters Joint Council No. 40

Elected Officials

Senator Jay D.Costa
Senator James Brewster
Senator Wayne D.Fontana
Representative Sara Innamorato
Representative Austin Davis
Representative Dan Miller
Representative Anita Astorino Kulik
Representative Dan Deasy
Representative Jessica Benham
Representative Ed Gainey
Representative Jake Wheatley
Representative Nick Pisciottano
Sheriff Bill Mullen
City Controller Michael Lamb
City Council President Theresa Kail-Smith
City Councilman Anthony Coghill
City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger
City Councilman Corey O’ Connor
County Councilman Bob Palmosina
County Councilman John Palmiere
County Councilman Paul Zavarella