Sara Compher-Rice received her B.A. from Denison University (Granville, Ohio) in 1999 with a major in Political Science and a minor in English Literature.
Sara excelled in her graduate studies at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence, Magna Cum Laude (high honors) in 2002. Graduating in the top ten percent of her class, Sara was elected to the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor a law student can achieve. While attending the University of Tennessee, Sara received the Claire Garland Memorial Scholarship and was also the recipient of numerous academic awards, including Dean’s List, Highest Honors.
While at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Sara earned membership into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which is considered the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. She was named a member of the Moot Court Board and competed as a member of the University of Tennessee Constitutional Law Moot Court Team at the national competition held at William & Mary College of Law.
Her commitment to the promotion of a higher standard of legal ethics also began at the University of Tennessee where she joined an organization devoted to this principle–the international legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi, for which she also served as Vice-Magister.
Sara has practiced with Steve Oberman since her graduation in 2002. Since that time she has worked diligently to devote her education and practice to the defense of those charged with DUI in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as other jurisdictions across the state. She is licensed in all Tennessee state courts as well as the federal court in the Eastern District of Tennessee. Although the vast majority of Sara’s practice is focused on driving under the influence, she also represents clients charged with related offenses, including Implied Consent Violation, Underage DWI, Boating Under the Influence (BUI), Underage Consumption of Alcohol, Underage Possession of Alcohol, Drug Possession, Traffic Offenses, and Commercial Motor Vehicle related DUI and Traffic Offenses.
Recognizing the importance of staying on the cutting edge of the latest legal, legislative and scientific developments in DUI law, Sara spends many hours at national DUI symposiums each year and also assists Mr. Oberman in the extensive research and writing of his books, DUI: The Crimes and Consequences in Tennessee and Drunk Driving Defense. In 2003, 2004 and 2006 she received certificates of completion from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. Summer Session held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.
Sara has lectured to both local and national audiences on the topics of DUI Defense, Ethics and Courtroom Technology. She has also authored multiple articles relating to DUI Defense. Sara is also proud to have been recognized by her peers and clients, earning the top 10.0 rating from http://www.avvo.com.
Sara is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, for which she serves as Vice-Chair of the DUI Committee. For more details about Knoxville DUI/DWI lawyer Sara Compher-Rice’s background and experience as a Tennessee DUI attorney, you may view her resume/vitae.
In her spare time, Sara serves as President of Province 14 of the international legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, working with law school students across Tennessee, Kentucky and southwestern Virginia. She also enjoys volunteering her time with the March of Dimes.