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Senior Fellow Profiles

Sara   Toering

Sara Toering

Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University, General Counsel, Center for Community Progress

Areas of Expertise

Land banking, affordable housing, community development

    Toering serves as general counsel to the Center for Community Progress, a nonprofit organization co-founded by CSLR founder Frank Alexander to address entrenched, systemic blight. Toering is a fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion with the project on Affordable Housing and Community Development.

    Toering works with state and local governments and community leaders throughout the country in the areas of land banking, code enforcement, tax foreclosure reform, and other issues related to neighborhood stabilization. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Georgia Real Estate Finance & Foreclosure Law and Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual.

    A graduate of CSLR's joint degree program, Toering began her work with the Center for Community Progress after several years at a large Atlanta firm, where she litigated complex business matters and defended men detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and on Georgia’s death row.

    Toering holds a juris doctor from Emory University School of Law, a Masters in Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a bachelor of arts from Calvin College.