A Uniform Law Commissioner from Arizona since 2012, Sam has served on (and at times chaired) drafting, study and other committees, including the Scope and Program Committee, Committee to Monitor Developments in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution and various Drafting and Study Committees.
Sam has served on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, since 2012, including service as Chief and Vice Chief Judge. Sam previously served for nearly five years on the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County. Nationally, Sam is immediate past chair of the Appellate Judges Education Institute, Inc., Board of Directors and is the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division Liaison to the Section of Litigation. He is a Presidential Appointee to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service. A member of the American Law Institute since 2003, Sam is an Advisor to the RESTATEMENT OF THE LAW (THIRD) OF TORTS: REMEDIES. He also serves on the Joint Technology Committee, appointed by the National Center for State Courts.
Sam chairs Arizona’s Commission on Access to Justice and has served on (and at times chaired) various Committees, Commissions and Task Forces for the Arizona Supreme Court and the State Bar of Arizona. A frequent speaker and author, he currently teaches evidence at Arizona State University College of Law. In 2023, he was named the James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist by the State Bar of Arizona and in 2021, he was named the Judge of the Year by the Arizona Supreme Court.
Sam was an AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer and a partner at Perkins Coie Brown & Bain, P.A., in Phoenix, and an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. He clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Stanley G. Feldman and Judge David R. Hansen, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Sam received a Master of Laws from Duke University School of Law in 2020; graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1988, where he was a Note & Comment Editor on the IOWA LAW REVIEW, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1984, where he was a Harry S. Truman Memorial Scholar.