Samantha concentrates her practice on education law and municipal law.   Samantha’s law career was inspired by her time student teaching in Delaware County Schools and her early internships in the Office of General Counsel at the School District of Philadelphia.

     Prior to attending law school, Samantha attended Widener University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, graduating suma cum laude in 2017.  During her undergraduate career, Samantha presented at numerous conferences regarding education, including the National Character Education Forum, the Keystone State Reading Association conference, and the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference. After becoming a certified elementary and special education teacher, Samantha enrolled at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

     During law school, Samantha focused on following her dream of public service and becoming a school district attorney. While attending law school, Samantha was the Director of Special Projects for Pennsylvania Senator Tim Kearney’s campaign and served as a Legislative Assistant for Representative Leanne Krueger.  Samantha interned for municipal solicitor Christine Reuther. Samantha also spent a year interning for the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Federal Programs where her focus was on compliance with Title I and IDEA.

     Samantha also felt a strong desire to serve her community while at Villanova Law. Samantha ran for Rutledge Borough Council during her first semester of law school at the young age of 22. Upon her swearing in, Samantha  became the youngest elected official in Delaware County, and one of the youngest elected officials in the Commonwealth. Samantha has continued to serve as a councilwoman for Rutledge Borough, most recently being appointed as Chair of the Public Safety Committee to negotiate the law enforcement contracts and serve as liaison for the Fire Department, and Chair of the Highway Committee to oversee all road work and partner with Delaware County Council and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to best meet the community’s needs. Samantha also serves on the Parks and the Personnel Committees. Samantha, having drafted the Right To Know policy for the Borough, also oversees the Right To Know Committee to ensure compliance. As a result of her dedication to ethics, Samantha served on the Delaware County Council Ethics Transition Team, where she worked diligently to help establish transparent and accessible County meetings and procedures.  

    After her graduation from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in May of 2020, Samantha remained dedicated to serving school districts. Samantha decided to combine her passion for teaching with her passion for law, and began her legal career.  While at her prior firm, Samantha focused on learning the complex intricacies of Special Education litigation and helped to provide guidance to numerous districts across Delaware County.

      Samantha most recently served as a delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. She is currently Chair of the Rutledge Borough Democratic Committee. She further serves as an Advisory Committee Member for Delaware County Children and Youth Services.  When Samantha is not at the office or in her community, she enjoys spending time with her dog Nellie Nova, and her family.  

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Recommendations

Joseph D’Alessandro

Deputy Chief of Grant Compliance and Fiscal Services at School District of Philadelphia

Samantha did an excellent job at the School District of Philadelphia. She is clearly a hard working, smart, and adaptable person that any employer would be lucky to have on their team.”

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