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Lake County Attorney’s Office welcomes new faces to its ranks

RELEASE DATE: September 30, 2008

TAVARES — The Lake County Attorney’s Office took a moment to celebrate on Friday when its newest employee stepped before Lake Circuit Judge Mark J. Hill as a candidate for admission to the Florida Bar.

Sarah Rissman began work with the Lake County Attorney’s Office on Aug. 25. She was working under the tutelage of County Attorney Sandy Minkoff until she passed the Florida Bar exam and was subsequently sworn in by Judge Hill. Rissman joins fellow newcomer Erin Hartigan, as the duo helps fill two open attorney positions in the office this year.

Hartigan’s first day on the job was June 23. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in October 2007, but didn’t begin practicing law until she left her post as a planner at the City of Orlando this year. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a dual degree in law and city planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her previous experience includes a position as a law clerk with the Orange County Attorney’s Office and a summer internship with the legal division of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in Stateline, Nev.

Sarah Rissman
Lake Circuit Judge Mark J. Hill hands paperwork to Sarah Rissman to complete her admission to the Florida bar.

Rissman graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She earned her law degree from Florida State University. Her previous experience includes a position as a law clerk with City of Tallahassee Attorney’s Office and an internship with the Leon County Attorney’s Office.

The Lake County Attorney’s Office is led by County Attorney Sandy Minkoff and Deputy County Attorney Melanie Marsh. The office provides legal counsel to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, County Manager and County departments in all matters of civil law relating to Lake County. Legal assistance is also provided to other Constitutional Officers when requested.

For more information about the Lake County Attorney’s Office, call (352) 343-9787.


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