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Sarah W. H. Owings

Sarah Weston Hayes Owings is from Monroe, Louisiana. She attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in both English and Russian in 2003. During college, Mrs. Owings was a member of the Order of Gownsmen, the University’s academic honor society. She studied abroad at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth and at St. Petersburg State University, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Mrs. Owings attended the College of Law at Georgia State University, where she earned a Juris Doctor degree in 2007. While in law school, she was an oralist for Georgia State University’s Jessup International Moot Court Team for the 2005-2006 academic year. She also studied abroad in law school, both with Georgia State’s Summer Academy in Commercial Arbitration, based in Linz, Austria, and with Fordham University School of Law’s Study Abroad Program in Ireland, where she studied international human rights law.

During law school, Mrs. Owings was an extern with the Chief Counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and under the supervision of Chief Counsel, she presented cases for the government in the Atlanta Immigration Court. She practiced law with The Antonini Law Firm from her graduation in 2007 until the Antonini and Cohen Immigration Law Group was created in 2013. Mrs. Owings has experience in all family-based immigration matters, naturalization, deportation defense, and asylum proceedings. She resides in the Atlanta area and is a member in good standing of the Georgia State Bar and of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


  • JD, Georgia State University (2007)
  • B.A. English/Russian Language, Sewanee: The University of the South (2003)


  • Georgia Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Selected Awards/Honors

  • Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, Volunteer Mentor of the Year: 2010
  • State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project/Georgia Legal Services Program, Outstanding Public Service Recognition: 2010

Selected Community Service/Leadership

  • Board of Directors, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network: January 2010-October 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Georgia-Alabama Chapter:
    • Liaison to the Executive Office for Immigration Review: 2009-2010, 2011-2012
    • Liaison to DHS Enforcement and Removal Operations: 2010-2011
    • Chapter Treasurer 2012-2013
    • Chapter Treasurer 2013-2014

Selected Presentations

  • Speaker on various immigration topics: Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network; Atlanta Bar Association; National Alliance for Mental Illness, Georgia Crisis Intervention Training Program