Samuel Adams, J.D.



Dr. Alan Westin Research Fellow

(207) 939-5176

Sam completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Maine School of Law in 2021 where, in addition to a full course load, he completed two privacy-focused externships. He first served as a health privacy extern at the Center for Democracy and Technology where he spent a semester researching and writing a formal legal policy memo to senior staff advocating for the development of a privacy framework for non-HIPAA-covered consumer health data. He then served for a full academic year as a policy extern at the Future of Privacy Forum where he developed a white paper on the complex world of data de-identification regimes, and he co-wrote a white paper exploring the privacy concerns surrounding brain-computer interfaces used in education, military, commerce, employment, health, and other contexts.  

Sam’s areas of interest in privacy include private-sector privacy policies, legislative and common law developments, data de-identification, health privacy and more. In addition to working in privacy full-time, Sam plans to contribute critical race theory scholarship about the racial impacts and consequences of American privacy laws, and he hopes to survey the presence of privacy provisions in collectivized bargaining agreements under American labor law.

Sam earned his bachelor’s degree at Ithaca College and worked as a legal assistant prior to attending law school.