Legislative Internship (Indiana House of Representatives);
Indiana Governor’s Fellow (Robert Orr-R);
Indiana Governor’s Office (Robert Orr-R);
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (Appointed by Evan Bayh-D).
City of Chicago Board of Education (Assistant General Counsel);
City of Chicago Board of Education (Independent Counsel);
City of Gary Indiana (Senior Advisor, Mayor Jerome Prince transition team);
City of Gary Indiana (Reimagine Gary outreach organizer).
Admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit (adjudicates appeals from federal courts in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin);
Member, Federal Trial Bar;
Admitted to practice before the State of Illinois and US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois;
Extensive federal litigation history includes constitutional torts arising under the First and Fourteenth Amendment, Title VII discrimination, ADEA, FMLA and ADA (See Pacer.gov).
Shanghai Institute of Politics and Law- Certificate, Chinese Commercial Code;
Kings College of Law in London- certificate of study, legal framework, European Union;
General Counsel opening markets in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Russia, China, and parts of eastern Europe (Marbo, Inc., now known as “Tampico”)
Sabrina’s parents were from Southern Indiana; her father’s family (Henry, Oscar and Roy Haake) ran the local newspaper in Ferdinand, IN. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a BA in political science. After graduation, Sabrina became a legislative intern for the Indiana House of Representatives. After her legislative internship, Sabrina was appointed to serve as a Governor’s Fellow. (Orr-R). The Indiana Governors Fellowship program selects five to ten top Indiana college graduates each year, and Governor’s Fellows spend a year in the Governor’s office working on executive-level policy issues at selected state agencies.
Following her fellowship, Sabrina became a Governor’s aide to Hon. Robert D. Orr, where she served as a legislative liaison to the governor’s office, the criminal law study commission, and to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, where she worked on criminal justice reform. Her reform work advocated removing mentally ill offenders, and juvenile offenders, from the prison system. She worked full time while attending Indiana University School of Law at night (then called IUPUI).
In 1992, following a brief appointment by Governor Evan Bayh,* she left Indianapolis to study international law at the Shanghai Institute of Politics and Law, then at Kings College of Law in London. She earned certificates in the Chinese Commercial Code, as well as in the emerging markets of the European Union.
In 1993, she became General Counsel to a Chicago beverage manufacturer (Marbo, Inc., now Tampico) and helped expand the family-owned business into a multi-national company. She negotiated contracts and license agreements, worked with dairies, factories and manufacturers, and prosecuted trademarks in foreign markets including Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Russia, China, and several countries in the European Union. She continued to represent the principals of Marbo as private counsel until it was sold in 2002.
After Marbo, Sabrina started her own litigation firm in Chicago, and grew it into a successful practice representing plaintiffs. Working from her kitchen table in Gary, Indiana, Sabrina took on formidable corporate adversaries (including Oracle, Inc.) and prevailed in every case.
She ultimately became assistant General Counsel to the City of Chicago Board of Education, followed by service as outside/Independent Counsel in 2012. She continued to represent the Chicago Board of Education through 2019, defending class actions, Title VII and employment-related claims, and Constitutional claims. After 26 years of litigation, Sabrina has never lost a jury trial, and she has prevailed in every substantive summary judgment in federal court (see Pacer.gov). She also holds a jury verdict record, claim-specific.
Sabrina’s scholarship on Constitutional and Comparative law has been published by the law reviews of Tulane, Howard, and Indiana University. A partial list of her publications includes:
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U.N. Dues: Default Ruse. 17 Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law (2008). Presents history of U.S. failure to meet its agreed U.N. funding mandates, criticizes failure to comply with treaty obligations by imposing unilateral conditions on assessed contributions. Sabrina Haake
A Long Range Plan for Indiana’s Criminal Justice System, 1990 In.Crim.Just. Inst., Library of Congress, U.S. Dept. of Justice Grant 88 SA CX 0002. Sabrina Haake
The 'M' Word. 4 Howard Human Rights and Globalization Law Review, 3 (2011). Examines civil rights and public ballot initiatives, draws comparisons among historical equal protection marriage challenges on basis of race, gender and identity. Sabrina Haake
Antitrust Practice and Procedure, 1998 IICLE. Updated relevant portions of State and Government Antitrust Enforcement section, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Antitrust in the United States and European Community: Toward a Bilateral Agreement. 2 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review 473. 1992. Draws comparison of emergent antitrust initiatives in Common Mark to U.S. common law.
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