Profiles: Samuel Moss

Samuel Moss

Samuel Moss

JD 16

Law Clerk at Dahyee Law Group

Tell me something special or interesting about your background before you went to law school.

I was born in Maryland and moved to Philadelphia when I was about two years old. Then we moved to San Diego for about 10 years and then went back to Philadelphia for about a year. My family decided we didn't like the cold weather and moved back to San Diego. So I moved a lot! I later went to undergrad at San Francisco State, achieved honors with distinction with a History Major with a Minor in Jewish Studies. I was involved with the Jewish organization, Hillel, which does a lot of social justice work. I got an opportunity to go New Orleans and helped rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina, so that was a really good experience for me. The organization and work like that is where I learned about social justice.

Why did you decide to go to law school?

I decided to go to law school because of my interest for social justice and advocacy for people who can't be heard. Also, I worked as a filing clerk for a law firm during undergrad, and clients came up and asked questions. I told them I am not a lawyer can't give legal advice. I wanted to change that and actually be able to help them out.

Tell me something special or interesting about your law school experience.

Every summer during law school, I have traveled to different places. During my first 1L summer I went to Alaska through Seattle University School of Law. I took a class titled "Alaska Law" and worked at the Office of Public Advocacy in Palmer, AK while living in Anchorage. It was an interesting experience because I had never been to Alaska and was able to do a lot of backpacking and hiking. My 2L summer, I lived in downtown Los Angeles and worked for a firm called Geragos & Geragos who do mostly civil litigation. These unique experiences helped me grow as a person and helped me do better in law school.

What is your greatest source of motivation/support as you work towards your JD?

My fiancée Mira and my family are the key sources to my success in law school. Other than that, I noticed that exercising and motivation clear my mind and help me de-stress as well, especially after a long day of reading case law.

What is your favorite thing you do when you are not at law school?

Recently, I've been getting into rock climbing. Also, I've been running ever since I was 16. I also like hiking and travelling when I'm not in school. And sleep.

What message / advice do you have for your fellow law students?

First of all, travel while you are in law school if you can, because you learn to work with others who are new to you. Also, get a lot of practical experience when you're in law school. Not only will that help you on exams when analyzing problems, but will also help you become a better lawyer in the long run. Lastly, just keep going and don't give up.

If you weren't in law school right now, what would you be doing?

I think I would become a history professor, or something that had to do with social justice in the Jewish non-profit world. But I'm glad I went to law school because it helped me grow both mentally and intellectually.

About the interviewer: Matt Smith is the Assistant Director of Bar Services and Academic Development. He lives in San Francisco with his newly-wedded Bride, Amber, and his awesome Bernese Mountain Dog, Benny. He is a 2013 graduate of GGU Law.