Sabrina Putri is an attorney admitted to practice in California. Ms. Putri’s drive to become a lawyer stemmed from a young age as she watched her mother go through her divorce proceedings. Ms. Putri would accompany her mother to the courts where her mother, without the assistance of an attorney, represented herself because her mother could not afford representation. Years later, Ms. Putri pursued her Bachelor of Law at the University of Indonesia Faculty of Law in Depok, Indonesia. After graduating Cum Laude as a Salutatorian and becoming a lawyer in Indonesia, she decided to expand her studies internationally. This step brought her to California, where she pursued her Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the USC Gould School of Law. Through the LL.M program, she now holds a Certificate of American Legal Studies, a Transnational Law and Business Certificate, and a Technology and Entrepreneurship Law Certificate.
Ms. Putri developed a passion for mental health advocacy while pursuing her JD. She was a Fellow in the USC Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics Program. She also developed a deeper interest in the immigration field of law. Ms. Putri was a Policy Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and a Project Director for the IRAP Court Monitoring Project. Ms. Putri also served as a Student Attorney for the USC International Human Rights Clinic. While a student representative at the USC Immigration Clinic, Ms. Putri represented a client in U.S. Immigration Court proceedings during a merit hearing seeking asylum, or in the alternative to withhold removal and pursue a claim pursuant to the United Nations Convention Against Torture. In addition, Ms. Putri worked as a research assistant for the USC Gould School of Law Library and as a teaching assistant for the USC Gould School of Law. Finally, Ms. Putri served as a Senior Submission Editor at the Honors Program Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice.
Ms. Putri was awarded the Graduate and International Program Award for her studies in the LL.M program, and the Edward and Eleanor Shattuck Award in the JD program at USC due to her dedicated history of service and public interest work. Ms. Putri has served as a volunteer at LevittQuinn Family Law Center, a nonprofit family law center that provides free and sliding scale family law legal services for poor and modest means families who are unable to get legal help from other legal services providers or to afford to pay for private attorneys. Ms. Putri has also worked with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and CARECEN (a Central American immigrant rights organization). Her volunteer work has also included the Jenesse Center, whose mission is to restore families impacted by domestic and sexual violence. She has also worked with the Conservatorship Clinic through Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Beyond volunteer work, she worked at the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center as a Legal Advocate in the Special Education Clinic, where she represented parents and children with special needs in Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and mediation. She is currently the Director of Membership Development of the Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC). This is a group dedicated to providing a supportive community space for women and non-binary people of color in the legal field, including and not limited to Asian, Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, and Pacific Islander women and non-binary people. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Feinberg & Waller, highlights of Ms. Putri’s career include working as a Legal Drafter at PT Bank DBS Indonesia, where she would draft credit agreements for financial institutions to provide loans ranging from $1.5 million to $150 million USD, and the preparation of release letters, security documents, mortgages, and other items. This position honed her eye for detail and organization and provided substantial experience in analyzing and understanding a variety of complex financial issues and documents. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Putri worked at the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center as a Conflict Resolution Specialist Intern where she conducted mediation and conciliation with clients. Ms. Putri was also a Legal Associate at Asahi Intecc USA, Inc., where she reviewed and drafted non-disclosure agreements, physical service and distributorship agreements, and conducted legal research regarding a plethora of medical and business issues.
Ms. Putri had the opportunity to work in the family law field at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Family Violence Division as a Certified Law Clerk. In this position, she appeared in court under attorney supervision for a jury selection and a preliminary hearing. She developed further researching skills explicitly relating to family violence cases. She concurrently worked for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in their appeal unit, where she extended her legal knowledge to research, drafting appellate briefs and also participated in the District Attorney’s Office moot court competition.
Ms. Putri further gained experience in the family law field by working as a legal assistant at a family law firm. Ms. Putri speaks Bahasa/Indonesian as her native language, she is fluent in English, and also speaks the Balinese language. These languages, along with Ms. Putri’s extensive global background and legal knowledge, enable her to have a deeper understanding and invaluable perspective on issues involving international kidnapping and Hague Convention move-away cases.