Sarah Lugtig earned a joint LL.B./M.S.W. from McGill University in 1996, graduating on the Dean’s Honour List with Great Distinction (LL.B.). After graduation, she clerked for Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada. Lugtig taught in the Faculty of Social Work at Memorial University for a year before returning to Manitoba to become Director of the Equality Rights Program for the Court Challenges Program. Subsequently she was legal counsel for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and for the past three years she has worked in Civil Legal Services with Manitoba Justice. Since joining Civil Legal Services, Lugtig volunteers on the articling student selection committee and assigns and supervises work done by articling students.
Lugtig has been a field instructor for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Social work and has taught a seminar course on Law and Poverty at Robson Hall since 2008. She has also coached the University of Manitoba’s team in the Wilson Moot, a litigation moot dealing with equality rights under the Charter named after Supreme Court of Canada Justice Bertha Wilson. As a founding board member of the Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg, she has helped to develop an inner city legal clinic that provides placements for law student interns and volunteers.
In her free time, Lugtig takes on challenges of a different sort. She is an avid long distance runner and enjoys travelling to different locales to run marathons. She recently completed runs in Arizona and Big Sur, California. She also plays the flute and performs with different community groups.