Sam attended the University of Texas School of Law and worked as a lawyer for many years, securing his first job as a lawyer with Ralph Nader. In addition to his work in law, Sam is also a playwright, actor, and author. He and his wife, Susan, have two children and four grandchildren and live in McClean, Virginia. In 2018, after his internist noticed some changes in his health, Sam was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. His diagnosis was changed to Alzheimer’s disease in 2021. A sense of relief came with that new diagnosis; it helped him make sense of the changes in his cognition. Sam remains active in his synagogue and community and stays busy performing his one-person play, The Actual Dance. For anyone navigating their own dementia journey, Sam recommends seeking assistance from qualified professionals and substituting that help with well-considered internet research.