Boxer & Gerson Partner Maria Sager’s visit to Meadow Homes Elementary School in Concord on October 7 carried a special resonance as she addressed a group of parents from Spanish-speaking countries who were recently arrived in the United States. Sager is herself a graduate of Meadow Homes, where she began school as a 6-year-old who did not speak English. Her presentation came about after a chance meeting during Labor Rights Week at the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, where she happened to strike up a conversation with a member of the Concord Police Department who does community outreach for Meadow Homes. When Sager delightedly told the woman about her own roots at the school, the conversation took a turn toward what she could do to help.
Said Sager: “I presented in Spanish to around 30 moms whose children attend Meadow Homes. We discussed many topics, including the challenges one faces as an immigrant, bullying, deportation fears in light of the current political climate, discrimination, my being a partner at a wonderful law firm, my parents, my husband, and of course workers’ compensation law. The two hours flew by. Wonderful experience. I emphasized to them that they can make it in this country. I too, came from humble beginnings. ”
A week later, Sager addressed another of her alma maters: the Golden Gate School of Law, where she discussed workers’ compensation law with a defense lawyer from another firm in front of law students during a noon-hour seminar.
Sager is a certified workers’ compensation specialist who joined Boxer & Gerson in 2003 and was named a partner in 2011. She is among the bilingual attorneys and other staff members who serve Spanish-speaking clientele.