Samantha Sloane is a 2023 Presidential Management Fellow Finalist. She is currently in the job market and open to any opportunity involving public service and public interest. Samantha is particularly interested in civil rights, constitutional, and international law.

Samantha received her BA in Political Science with a minor in Middle East Studies from Colgate University in 2016 and her JD from American University Washington College of Law in 2022 (cum laude, Pro Bono Honors). She is currently finishing up my MA in International Affairs from American University School of International Service. Samantha told us: “As a 2023 Presidential Management Fellows Program Finalist, I am passionate about protecting and expanding civil and human rights, including through improving conflict negotiation processes and supporting diplomatic practices.”

In her free time, Samantha loves learning languages (she is currently working on ASL), exploring the outdoors with her dog, Hugo, and doing nature/wildlife photography and astrophotography.

Samantha has served on the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs since 2020. Samantha recently co-founded the National Law Student Mental Health Alliance with Victoria Field at Fordham Law (email to get involved!).

When did you join the WBA?
One year ago.

In which committees/forums have you been involved?
Well-Being Committee

Why did you join the WBA?
I joined WBA for both the community and professional network. I also admired WBA’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for mental health and well-being in the legal field.

What benefits do you get from being a part of the WBA and why do you think others should join?
Being a part of WBA has provided me with invaluable professional opportunities and supportive friends. WBA is a space for people of all genders to find community and advance equity in the legal field.

What words of advice do you have for women new to the profession?
If you’re struggling, get help as soon as you wonder whether or not to get help. There is no downside to getting help, and getting help early will set you up with healthy coping mechanisms and cognitive techniques so you have them when you really need them. If you aren’t sure where to start, reach out to your local Lawyer Assistance Program for confidential support.