Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Ten Questions with DBA Member Sarah Domke

“Ten Questions” is a new Docket feature focused on getting to know DBA members. If you’re interested in being in the spotlight—or know someone else who should be—let us know! Email cgibb@cobar.org. 

1. Where did you go to law school and where are you currently working?

University of Denver Sturm College of Law. I was a summer associate at Plotkin and Plotkin, P.C., a debt collection firm, and now I am doing contract work while looking for a permanent position

2. Why did you become a lawyer?

Flexibility. I thought it was great that a lawyer does not have to choose a practice area right out of law school and stay in that area forever. I can change where and how I practice as my life and interests change.

3. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a mentor?

Don’t be someone who is remembered for being a jerk. Bad behavior is much more memorable than good, and no matter how high the stakes may seem at the time, it is not worth risking your reputation.

4. Where’s your favorite place to go in Denver?

Uptown—17th Avenue. Great shops, awesome restaurants and always good people-watching.

5. If you could bring only three things on an island with you, what would you bring?

Hammock, fishing rod, a copy of Pride and Prejudice.

6. What food do you dislike the most?

Durian. It is a kind of fruit that is really popular in Southeast Asia. It smells sickeningly sweet, like five-day-old garbage. It has the texture of an avocado but tastes almost garlicky. Some people can’t get enough of it. One bite was enough for me.

7. Who’s your role model and why?

My dad. He works hard and is respected in his profession, but he has always made time for family. Even after working insane hours, he made time to coach our teams, help with homework, and take us fishing. He is a great example of the elusive “work–life” balance.

8. If you could watch only one TV show for a year, what would it be?

The West Wing.

9. What’s on your desk right now?

Trial file for this week with my evidence book and trial outline; suits to review for filing; cases for a motion I am working on; different colored Post-its and pens for color-coding my life; moleskin planner; empty coffee mug; Diet Coke (first of many).

10. If you weren’t a lawyer, you’d be:

A travel writer.


You can contact Sarah Domke at sarah.a.domke@gmail.com.

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