Sarah Klaper joined NIU as ombudsperson in August 2012. She earned her bachelor of science in communication from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and she earned her juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College Of Law. Ms. Klaper started her career in a general civil law practice at Southeastern Ohio Legal Services in Portsmouth, Ohio. She then went into a solo family law practice in Naperville, Illinois, and followed up by returning to her public interest roots as a community lawyer at the Citizen Advocacy Center in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Most recently, Ms. Klaper was a legal analysis, research and communication instructor at DePaul University College of Law. She also taught Education Law and State and Local Government. Ms. Klaper's scholarship has focused on open government issues concerning citizen participation, the First Amendment, the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and open meetings laws.