Sam Wolfe is a civil rights lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center where he helped launch the LGBT Rights Project and continues to help lead the nationwide project.
Sam’s work, often set in the Deep South, focuses on achieving greater respect and equality for LGBT people. Sam investigated and took a leading role in achieving successful resolution of a landmark case on behalf of five students who endured anti-LGBT harassment in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District. That case resulted in the most far-reaching consent decree ever in a safe schools case.
Sam also has helped resolve other disputes ensuring student rights, which frequently involve freedom of expression such as a federal case resulting in a lesbian couple being permitted to walk together in a formal high school event.
Sam previously was a litigation associate at a leading international law firm in New York City. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Alabama and New York bar associations. The National LGBT Bar Association recognized Sam as one of the best LGBT lawyers under 40 in 2011.
Sam’s experience before completing law school includes service as a senior paralegal specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice. He has served as part of a special operations team in the U.S. Air Force, as a Mormon missionary in France and Luxembourg, and as an English teacher in Taiwan where he also was a bungee jumpmaster.