Samantha is an experienced trial lawyer, a former U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division federal prosecutor and a current County of San Diego Deputy District Attorney. Her successful, complex litigation experience includes over 70 jury trials along with appeals court advocacy, in several jurisdictions such as San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties in California and Washington, DC, Charleston, SC and Birmingham, AL.

Samantha currently has an extensive appellate practice that focuses on briefing and arguing significant cases before the California Court of Appeal that spans areas from first-degree murder and sexual assault to jurisdiction, ineffective assistance of counsel and sentencing issues resulting in published decisions.

She has taught Courtroom Procedure, in a mock trial setting, to thousands of San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy recruits since 1995. Samantha speaks to youth and community groups, law enforcement organizations, and a variety of legal institutions about the criminal justice system. She has also lectured on jury selection, closing arguments, sexual assault, domestic violence, professionalism in the courtroom, narcotics trafficking, Fourth Amendment law, and testifying as a witness.  

Samantha is a past Chair of the Stanford Law Society of San Diego and Board Member of The San Diego Foundation, the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement, and the Access Youth Academy.  She received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and her law degree from Stanford Law School.

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