Samuel Hall considers himself fortunate in a number of ways. For starters, he was able to attend Michigan Law without worrying about financial obligations following graduation. "I'm pretty debt-averse, so being able to approach law school and a legal career without the specter of student debt has had an immense effect on my happiness and my career choices. I owe that entirely to the Darrow Scholarship."
After law school, Hall worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Attorney General's Honors Program. While at the DOJ, he was counsel on the case,
United States v. Synchrony Bank, which, at the time, was the Civil Rights Division’s largest credit-card discrimination suit in history. In 2017, Hall joined private practice, first with Boies, Schiller, Flexner, and then with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP—where he litigates cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Hall has taken part in a variety of matters, including defamation suits; congressional hearing preparations; voting rights challenges in the way states allocate electors under the Electoral College; an action against a foreign state for its role in terrorist acts; and numerous matters involving regulatory compliance and government investigations. Since 2016, Hall also has been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown Law, where he teaches United States Legal Research Analysis and Writing.
Being a Darrow Scholar has opened doors for Hall and has helped him land every job since he graduated. "I've found that the legal community knows and respects the Darrow Scholarship. In most interviews I’ve had, the interviewer has remarked on the Darrow, and often mentioned another they’ve worked with." The Honors Program at the DOJ was "full of Darrows," according to Hall. The Darrow alumni network has been a consistent source of help to Hall who says they have always been eager to help every step of the way.
"The Darrow was, and is, a life-changing gift. It meant that I could value my passions over my financial obligations when deciding what classes to take, clubs to join, and internships and jobs to apply for. Six years after law school, I still think about what a privilege it was to go to Michigan with a Darrow Scholarship. It’s one of the best choices I’ve ever made."
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