Sam received his J.D. from New York University School of Law. Through his law school clinics, Sam worked to appeal criminal convictions with New York’s Office of the Appellate Defender, and helped litigate police brutality cases with the New York Civil Liberties Union. He also served as a summer law clerk for the Federal Defenders of the Eastern District of New York, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. During law school, Sam coached his fellow students in oral advocacy as the Competitions Chair of the NYU Moot Court Board, and has taught persuasion and debate as a guest lecturer at St. John’s University, The Kings College, and NYU. Prior to law school, Sam worked as a researcher for the law firm of Bickel and Brewer, and as a documentary journalist for International Bridges to Justice. Sam received his BA from the University of Vermont.