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David Sam

David Sam, American federal judge. Bar: Utah 1960, United States District Court Utah 1966. Named Judge of Year, Utah State Bar, 1999. Chairman Judicial Nomination Committee for Circuit Court Judge, Provo, Utah, 1983; board directors Water Resources, Salt Lake City, 1973-1976. Served to captain Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Air Force, 1961-1963.

Background

Sam, David was born on August 12, 1933 in Hobart, Indiana, United States. Son of Andrew and Flora (Toma) Sam.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Brigham Young University, 1957. Juris Doctor, Utah University, 1960.

Career

He received a B.S. from Brigham Young University in 1957, and a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1960. He later served as a United States Air Force Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps from 1961 to 1963. After leaving the military, Sam worked in private practice in Duchesne, Utah and Roosevelt, Utah from 1963 to 1973.

He was a Duchesne County Attorney from 1966 to 1972, and served as a Duchesne County Commissioner from 1972 to 1974. He returned to private practice in Duchesne from 1973 to 1976 before being appointed as a District Judge in the Fourth Judicial District of Utah from 1976 to 1985. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University from 1977 to 1985.

On September 9, 1985, President Ronald Reagan nominated Mr. Sam to fill a U.S. District Court seat vacated by Aldon J. Anderson. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 16, 1985, and received his commission the same day.

He served as chief judge from 1997–1999, and assumed senior status on November 1, 1999.

Views

If a person is obedient to God’s commandments, studies His word, and has a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside him.

Membership

Chairman Judicial Nomination Committee for Circuit Court Judge, Provo, Utah, 1983. Board of directors Water Resources, Salt Lake City, 1973-1976. Served to captain Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Air Force, 1961-1963.

Member Utah Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Supreme Court History Society, Am.Inns of Court VII (counselor 1986-1989), A. Sherman Christensen American Inn of Court I (counselor 1989-1998), Utah Judicial Conference (chairman 1982), Utah District Judges Association (president 1982-1983), Order of Coif (honorary Brigham Young U. chapter).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: beekeeping, reading, sports, cooking chinese food.

Connections

Married Betty Jean Brennan, February 1, 1957 (deceased August 2000). Children: Betty Jean, David Dwight, Daniel Scott, Tamara Lynn, Pamela Rae, Daryl Paul, Angie, Sheyla. Married Bennie Lynn Malnar, January 5, 2005.