Prior to becoming a Federal Public Defender in 2016, Samantha K. Drake was a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi in the District of Puerto Rico. She also clerked in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the Honorable Judge Thomas N. O'Neill, and then for the Honorable Judge Timothy J. Savage.
Samantha also worked at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, representing indigent defendants with actual innocence claims. During law school, she was selected for the Defenders Clinic and represented indigent felony and misdemeanor defendants in Boston Municipal Court, and served as the Chief Notes Editor of the Transnational Law Review. She has published papers on extradition, international criminal law, and post-conviction DNA testing.
Samantha graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon with a B.A. in Political Science and completed an honors thesis on transnationalist jurisprudence and the juvenile death penalty. She obtained her J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Samantha is admitted to the Bars of New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.