CONTACTS

Tel: 325.230.2751
Contact@BlizzardLawFirm.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Appeal →
Habeas Corpus 11.07 →
Post-Conviction Appeal →
Amendment 821 →

EDUCATION

University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law –
Doctor of Jurisprudence

University of Texas at Tyler –
Master of Education

University of North Texas –
Bachelor of Arts, Literature

P
OST CONVICTION ATTORNEY

Sarah Durham, a former high school English teacher equipped with a master’s degree in Education along with her Juris Doctorate, possesses an unwavering dedication to the realm of research and writing within Texas and US Federal criminal defense, as well as criminal appellate and post-conviction writ work.

Harnessing her expertise, Sarah consistently employs her adeptness at conveying intricate concepts in an understandable manner while advocating ardently on behalf of her clients.
In February 2024, Sarah was elevated to Partner with the Blizzard and Zimmerman Attorneys law firm.

PASSIONATE ADVOCACY THROUGH RESEARCH AND WRITING

Sarah’s practice focuses on appellate advocacy.

On a given week, she may write a brief to one of the fourteen intermediate courts of appeals throughout Texas or submit a petition for discretionary review to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Sarah also focuses on and can often be found working on post-conviction writs of habeas corpus, including 11.07; new evidence; and other extraordinary writs for post-conviction relief.

Review some of the results that Sarah has attained for her Texas state and US Federal criminal law clients.

Federal Courts of Admittance

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Northern District Court

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Federal Criminal Cases
  • Texas Criminal Cases
  • Direct Appeals
  • 11.07 Writ of Habeas Corpus (Texas state and Federal)
  • Non-Disclosures
  • Expunctions
  • Sealing Records
  • Release from Sex Offender Registration Requirements
  • Early Release from Probation

TEXAS ROOTS

Sarah grew up in Decatur, Texas, a quintessential small Texas town replete with a vibrant downtown square; community-attended Friday night football; and one of the prettiest courthouses in the State.

She’s a second career attorney after being a high school English teacher for close to a decade. She gained a valuable and transferrable skill set from her years in the classroom—learning, teaching, debating, and negotiating with ever-clever students.

As a criminal defense attorney, Sarah enjoys helping others when life’s legal issues require both expertise and compassion.

When she’s not lawyering, she loves to garden, pretends to be a runner, and spends time with her husband, Josh, and their children, Taylor, Ella, and Ronan.
Sarah and her family moved back to Texas from Anchorage, Alaska in 2022 and now call Abilene, Texas home.

EXPERIENCE AND ADVOCACY THAT MATTERS

A graduate of the University of North Texas and the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, Sarah focused primarily on appellate advocacy, enjoying internships and clerkships at US Federal and Texas state courts of appeal.

Sarah also served for two years as one of the founding officers of UNT’s Christian Legal Society.

In February 2023, Sarah was named as an Advisory Member of the Big Country Reentry Coalition and she serves as the groups Treasurer.

University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law
• Doctor of Jurisprudence
• Dean’s List
• Teaching Fellow
• Student Volunteer: Legal Hospice; Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program; Dallas ISD
• Focused Education: Appellate Law; Civil Settlements; Mediation; Labor and Employment Law

Career Highlights
High School English Teacher
• Decatur High School
• Hallsville High School

Judicial Intern
• Northern District of Texas, Federal Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez, Dallas, TX

Judicial Intern
• Second District Court of Appeals, Chief Justice Terrie Livingston (ret.), Fort Worth, TX

Legal Intern
• Department of Labor, Solicitor’s Office, Dallas, TX

Law Clerk
• Fifth District Court of Appeals, Dallas, TX

Awards and Honors
• The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn Inn of Court, Pupil
• Teaching Fellow
• Dean’s List
• Student Volunteer: Legal Hospice; Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program; Dallas ISD

Memberships
Christian Legal Society: Inaugural Class
State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College Member 2021

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION – CLE – STATE BAR OF TEXAS

2023

  • Non-Capital Habeas Conference – Portland, OR / Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Defender Services Office Training Division
  • Defending Sex Crime Allegations: Adults and Children

2022

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Annual Federal Criminal Practice Seminar
  • Top 10 Appellate Advocacy Moments in Film
  • The Red, Writ, and Blue: Post Conviction Writs
  • Bail Reform – Part 1
  • 2022 Conference on Criminal Appeals
  • Social Media Evidence

2021

  • Mining the Golden Nuggets of Federal Practice
  • 2021 Conference Criminal Appeals
  • An Evening with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Post-Conviction and Parole
  • ESupplement to 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals
  • 2020 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal appealsPost-Conviction and Parole
  • Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism
  • Understanding Expunctions and Disclosures
  • Supplement to 2020 Conference on Criminal Appeals

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