Judge Sara Alijewicz
By: Jean Marie Middleton
Driven to help people and resolve disputes is what has fueled Sara Alijewicz’ legal career. Judge Sara Alijewicz has dedicated the majority of her 23-year legal career to public service.
Most recently, for the last eight years she served as a General Magistrate for the Palm Beach County Courts. As a General Magistrate, Judge Alijewicz presided over thousands of hearings and trials covering a variety of matters. She served a Supervising and Staff Attorney for the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society for eleven years. In addition to her public service, she worked in private practice for four years in a general practice with an emphasis on family law.
Judge Alijewicz is a graduate of the Nova Southeastern University Law School, and she received her Bachelor of Science in Natural Science from Illinois Wesleyan. Before going to law school, she was a Medical Technologist licensed to practice in all areas in clinical laboratories. That professional experience, lead to her family nickname of “dr. mom.“ When any one in her family gets a lab test, or gets any clinical diagnosis, she gets a call, text, or an email in an attempt to try solicit a completely unreliable, but free opinion.
Judge Alijewicz’ family life is very precious to her. She and her husband Alex have two adult children and one grandson. Alex is a CPA. Their son Michael and his wife, Jennifer Vogt, live in Arlington, Virginia where he works for a non-governmental International Student Exchange Program. Their daughter Katie and her husband, Joshua Butera, live in Providence, Rhode Island with their baby son, Noah. Katie works as an Assistant Director of Medicaid for the State of Rhode Island.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her rescue dog, Kobe.
Jean Marie Middleton is a member of the PBC Bar Judicial Relations Committee. She also serves as a Director on the PBC Bar Board of Directors and is a liason and Co-Chair of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. Mrs. Middleton is a Senior Labor & Employment litigation attorney for the Palm Beach County School District.