Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice
Samantha Lee joined Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense Practice in 2017. Sam has worked domestically and internationally to promote human and civil rights on an individual and societal level, from the Greater Boston Legal Services Immigration Unit to the International Criminal Court, from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia to the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office in California.
Sam earned her B.A. from Stanford University, where her senior research focused on how international human rights laws are applied in Argentine state courts to protect the rights of disappeared children and their families. Sam earned her J.D. from New York University, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow. Sam developed a passion for defending parents’ rights to make decisions for their families through two years at the Family Defense Clinic. There, she earned the Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize for Outstanding Clinical Work. Following graduation, Sam served as law clerk for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Sam is working to improve her Spanish, and is delighted to join the Brooklyn community.