BIO

Sage J. Teton graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2004 with a B.A. in Mass Communications. For the next three years she worked as a Research Associate in UCLA’s Department of General Internal Medicine co-authoring and coordinating community-based studies on how the neighborhood environment effects the health of older adults with chronic conditions, leading focus groups and working closely with community leaders and older citizens at churches, clinics and senior centers throughout Los Angeles County. 

Her experience in Los Angeles having stimulated an interest in Elder and Health Law, she enrolled at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. In 2008, as a first year law student, she won a Public Interest Law Project scholarship in support of a summer Clinical Fellowship in Health Law at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, one of only three such fellowships awarded nationally that summer. While at Harvard, she worked on civil cases involving public benefits, discrimination, and estate planning for low-income clients living with AIDS and other chronic, terminal or disabling medical conditions.

While in law school, Ms. Teton worked with clients in civil law matters including divorce, stalking orders, domestic violence, landlord-tenant disputes, and bankruptcy as a Legal Intern at the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic. She also was a Volunteer Legal Advocate for survivors of domestic violence in Clackamas County through Clackamas Women’s Services.

Upon graduation from law school 2010, Ms. Teton expanded her professional experience in business and real estate by accepting a position at the headquarters of Nike, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, assisting in the administration of more than 500 Nike retail leases in over a dozen countries. 

As a licensed attorney in Oregon, Ms. Teton is a member of the Pro Bono Committee of the New Lawyers Division of the Oregon State Bar and the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah Bar Association and continues her pro bono work through the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Legal Aid Foreclosure Help project.

In July 2014 she was approved by the United States District Court for the District of Oregon to serve as a Research Attorney. In this role Ms. Teton assists attorneys appointed under the United States Criminal Justice Act to serve defendants charged with federal crimes who lack the financial resources necessary to obtain private legal services.

She is also an officer and legal advisor for the International Food Security Treaty Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger through enforceable international law. Ms. Teton also sits on the board of the Geezer Gallery, a local nonprofit dedicated to combating ageism and improving the health of seniors through art. The Geezer Gallery provides a forum for talented senior artists to show their work and implements innovative art therapy programs geared towards using art to improve the health of older people suffering from cognitive issues and depression. Ms. Teton is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Oregon District of the Federal Bar, and is admitted to practice in Oregon state courts as well as the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. Although Sage is not yet a member of the California State Bar, in anticipation of seeking membership in the California State Bar she has recently taken and passed the California Bar Examination.