Samantha Valentin attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she received a B.A. in Humanities and Justice with a minor in Philosophy. On campus, she was selected to participate in John Jay’s Pre Law Institute’s intensive Pre Law Boot Camp, a law school preparatory and Honors program. She received her J.D. from Touro Law Center. Throughout her time in law school, as part of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Touro, she interned at Brooklyn Defender Services and later as a judicial extern for the Honorable Matthew J. D’Emic, Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters in Kings County Supreme Court. Prior to entering law school, she worked at a boutique immigration law firm where she helped clients file individual petitions for citizenship and asylum. There, she was able to connect with clients, at times translating for Haitian Clients. In addition to her internships, she served as a student representative for the Student Bar Association, on the executive board of the Women’s Bar Association, and as a member of the Black Law Student Bar Association. She also served as a competition team member for the Trial Advocacy and Practice Society where she had the privilege of representing Touro Law Center at two trial advocacy competitions held at Kings County Supreme Court.