Position: Legal Policy Associate
Sam was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to the United States at the age of 9. With an ACT score placing him in the top 10% nationwide, Sam attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Afterwards, Sam developed an ACT/SAT curriculum and started an education company while preparing for law school.
After transitioning from his business, Sam attended the University of California, Irvine School of Law (“UCI Law”) with an LSAT score placing him in the top 10% nationwide and a full scholarship. At UCI Law, Sam held various leadership positions; was a research assistant to two leading professors in immigration law; provided direct client service through the Community and Economic Development Clinic and Startup and Small Business Clinic; and clerked for law firms specializing in immigration, civil litigation, and real estate defense.
Furthermore, Sam was deeply involved with the undocumented community at UCI. As a Scholar-in-Residence at the UCI Dream Center, he worked with undocumented undergraduate students regarding academic, professional and personal development. Sam also worked with law firms in filing U-Visas, immigration relief consultation, policy change and international refugee assistance. Sam was featured in the Los Angeles Times for his work with DACA renewal clinics and received the Stars of the Future Scholarship for his work with the undocumented community. Sam graduated UCI Law with Pro-Bono High Honors.
During his free time, Sam loves to spend time with his puppy and stay active.