Sarah Davis

Co-Director, Center for Patient Partnerships; Clinical Professor

Sarah  Davis

Pronouns: she/her

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J.D. 2002, University of Wisconsin Law School
M.P.A. 2002, La Follette School of Public Affairs
B.A. 1995, Wesleyan University


Sarah Davis is Clinical Professor of Law and Director, of the interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin where she teaches about patient advocacy, health and public health law, including in the service-learning Health Justice Clinic as supervising attorney.

Ms. Davis is also the Assoc. Director for LIFT Wisconsin, a collaborative initiative to increase economic prosperity in Dane County by streamlining access to justice through technology and reforming court systems and public policies.  Read her latest article on this project: LIFT as “The Fourth Moment” in Wisconsin Clinical Legal Education for Social Justice, Wisconsin Law Review, 2021 Wis. L. Rev. 417 (2021).

Areas of interest include systems thinking and systems transformation - specific to health and civil justice systems; engaging key stakeholders in these change processes; and medical and legal curriculum innovations.  Ms. Davis was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Fellow in the Future of Public Health Law Program (2014-15).

The Center for Patient Partnerships, an interdisciplinary center of the Schools of Law, Medicine and Public Health, Extension, Nursing and Pharmacy, is a medical-legal partnership which offers experiential patient advocacy education to students from those disciplines and others. The curriculum focuses on health advocacy, patient-centered care, and health systems change, offering a 12-credit certificate in Health Advocacy. The Center also infuses patients' voices into health systems reform, offering a critical link to health consumers' experiences. Learn more at

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Research Interests

  • Building an evidence-base for population health and health equity interventions
  • Program implementation determinants to address health-harming legal issues
  • Patient engagement in research and quality improvement efforts in health systems
  • Law student professionalism and well-being


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Teaching Areas

  • Consumer Law
  • Health Law
  • Health Law: Patient Advocacy
  • Practice Skills
  • Public Health Law

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