Sarah Speed ’07

Sarah SpeedSarah Speed is the Executive Director of the House Judiciary Committee in the Pennsylvania state legislature. The Judiciary Committee analyzes and drafts more than 700 pieces of legislation every session. In the past year Sarah was instrumental in the passage of a comprehensive medical marijuana program, legislation that provides limited expungement for criminal offenders who maintain a clean record, and legislation to clear the backlog of untested rape kits.

Prior to joining the House in 2015 Sarah was the Pennsylvania State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. She graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2007 and was an inaugural recipient of the Jack Rogers Animal Law Scholarship. She is a licensed attorney in California, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Sarah is the Chair of the Board for the Pennsylvania State Animals Response Team.

She coordinated the efforts of the largest animal coalition in Pennsylvania’s legislative history in support of Pennsylvania’s anti-puppy mill legislation in 2008. In total she assisted in the passage of 10 major initiatives to better protect animals in her time with HSUS including increasing poaching penalties, closing a loophole in the animal fighting law, and a creating a procedure for forfeiture of abused animals.