Sarah Roth is a 2003 graduate of Ball State University, where she earned a B.A. in English, and a 2007 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
She currently works as Publications Manager of Michigan Judicial Institute (MIJI), and prior to this was a research attorney with MIJI and a law clerk with the Friend of the Court Bureau.
You can connect with her on LinkedIn.
What was your first job after graduation, and how did that lead you to your current position?
After graduating Ball State, I went on to law school in Michigan. As a law student, I held a variety of part time positions. However, my first full-time position following graduation of both Ball State and law school was as a research attorney with the Michigan Supreme Court’s Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI).
I am currently still employed by MJI and was promoted to the Publications Manager in 2011 where I oversee a team of attorneys who maintain a library of publications designed for trial court judges.
What does a typical week look like for you?
A typical week involves:
- reviewing e-mails for recently-published cases and amended statutes and court rules
- culling through all of this information and determining whether and where the new information needs to be included within our library of publications.
- editing the work of three full-time attorneys
- overseeing the publication process from start to finish every month
- overseeing two monthly e-mail distributions
- serving as liaison with a third party website vendor
- attending meetings where I advise our director on issues affecting our office as well as our organization.
- serving as the content manager for our website and ensuring it is functioning and getting updated as necessary
What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
I find the fact that our work is serving the judiciary, and ultimately the public, very rewarding. While we directly serve the judiciary, our work helps serve the public by providing more informed and educated judges and court personnel.
Do you have any advice for English majors who are trying to figure out their next step?
Coming out of Ball State, I was sure I wanted to become an editor at a huge publishing firm in NYC – mainly because I thought that was all that was available. Just know there are a ton of options for you, both big and small.
Explore and discover what it is you like to do, do as many internships as possible, and I assure you that something is out there that you will love.
What are the most valuable skills you learned as an English major? How have they helped you post-graduation?
In terms of helping me professionally, the writing skills I developed at Ball State have been second to none. In order to advance my career, writing exercises have been a large part of the interview process, and in order to get the job, I had to outperform all other applicants.
Here is a link to the MJI website if you are interested: https://mjieducation.mi.gov/