Sam Brooke

Sam is a Deputy Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Economic Justice Project, based in Montgomery, Alabama, which Project seeks to ensure that people living in poverty in the Deep South, especially minority communities, are not punished or exploited because of their economic status.  Sam joined SPLC as an Open Society Institute / Soros Fellow in 2009, and has worked extensively as a litigator first to restrain state-level immigration enforcement abuses in the Deep South, and later to reform problematic municipal court practices in Alabama.  Sam holds a juris doctorate degree from the NYU School of Law, and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.  He previously clerked for the Honorable Joan B. Gottschall in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.