SCM Law’s Sam Alba joins UCLI as Fiduciary Board Member

SCM attorney Sam Alba has joined the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion “UCLI” as a Fiduciary Board Member.  Sam can be heard sharing stories and insights about Utah’s legal profession through UCLI’s Wednesday Webinars and Racial Justice Series.  UCLI’s mission is to realize the values that comprise the foundation of our American legal system – fairness, representation, access to justice, and equality before the law, among others – it is imperative that the legal profession be reflective of the communities it sets out to serve.

Samuel Alba leads SCM’s SnowTrial™ Consulting team. He focuses on the defense of complex commercial and white-collar criminal cases in state and federal courts.

Sam joined the firm after 20 years as a well-respected federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court, District of Utah. He was Utah’s first Latino federal magistrate judge. In this capacity, he oversaw a wide range of high-profile cases, including the Olympic bribery scandal, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, the theft of ancient artifacts from federal lands, the deaths of two children exposed to a toxic pesticide, and many more.

Prior to his judgeship, Sam prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases as the first assistant and then chief of the criminal section at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. He also worked for the Federal Public Defenders office in Arizona and for two law firms, where he represented a number of clients.


Samuel Alba

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