Sarah Besnoff

Associate, Paul Hastings, LLP

Sarah Besnoff is an Associate at Paul Hastings LLP in their Employment Law group. Previously, Sarah completed a clerkship in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Sarah is a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Fels Institute of Government.  

She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Fels Public Policy Challenge, a competition she won as a student with her team 'Closing Schools, Opening Opportunities.' In 2015, Governing Magazine named Sarah a 'Rising Star' in its Women in Government Program. 

Sarah was awarded a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as the Comments Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Her article 'May Contain: Allergen Labeling Regulations' was published in the Law Review. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Sarah also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Fels Institute of Government. Sarah graduated phi beta kappa from Barnard College.

A native Philadelphian, Sarah can frequently be spotted giving tours of historic Philadelphia to friends and family. 

Courses Taught

Public Communications Summer 2017
Instructor: Sarah Besnoff
Course Section: 900
On-Campus Day(s): Thursday
On-Campus Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Course Description:

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829