Samantha Stewart Alexander

Samantha Alexander

JD, 2020



John F. Evans Award

The John F. Evans Award is presented to a member of the graduating Juris Doctor class for outstanding achievement in the criminal division of the D.C. Law Students in Court program. Law Students in Court is a clinical program in trial advocacy, offering an opportunity to represent indigent people in D.C. Superior Court. Students are responsible for all aspects of litigation, under the supervision of clinical instructors.
The winner of the Evans Award, Samantha Alexander, will receive an engraved gavel.

Faculty said: “Samantha zealously and skillfully represented her client, earning her client's trust at one of the worst times of his life and helping to significantly improve her client's circumstances. Through outstanding motions practice, including eight substantive, meritorious motions, the student secured pretrial dismissal of two cases, allowing her client to return to the job he held for twenty-seven years prior to his arrest, see his infant child, and avoid the stain of a conviction on an otherwise unblemished criminal record. Her outstanding advocacy continued after dismissal when she drafted motions to seal records of her client's arrests on grounds of actual innocence, further exemplifying the dedication and commitment to which we should all aspire.”

Samantha received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Tulane University.
She also was a member of The George Washington Law Review.


Favorite Memory from GW Law

"The moment the prosecutor dismissed all the charges against my client nolle prosequi when I was serving as a student attorney through the Rising for Justice (formerly known as Law Students in Court), Criminal Division, clinic. My time at Rising for Justice was the single most valuable experience I had at GW Law and it was the only opportunity I have had offered by GW that has meaningfully prepared me to be a public defender after I graduate. I look forward to hearing about the future generations of GW law students who get to benefit from this incredible program. (And, of course, meeting the girl I plan to marry.)"


Favorite Quote

"There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has."

Justice Hugo Black

With Gratitude

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all those at GW Law who have supported me throughout the last three years. In particular, I would like to thank Professor Gambert for being an incredible mentor, colleague, and friend--I do not know where I would be without her sound advice and empathetic guidance; Dean Ewert for being an incredible resource and helping me navigate unspeakable personal loss during law school; Claire Blumenson for her mentorship and invaluable advice, even before I was one of her students; Professor Weisburd for serving as a mentor to me, despite never having had me in her class; and to Professor Schaffner and all those others who have been incredible members of my support system.

Finally, thank you to my parents for helping me get here and to my incredible girlfriend, Annie Martin, for being by my side, through thick and thin, every step of the way. I couldn't have done it without you.