Samuel JeanSamuel Jean
Emerging Leader Award

Samuel Jean (92) graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history. He received his Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law (‘95) where he concentrated in the areas of intellectual property and civil rights. After graduation, Sam took a job with Neil S. Schwartz Associates (New Milford, NJ) as counsel and agent. During that time Sam represented entertainers and athletes as an attorney and agent. Within two years at the firm, Sam had made partner.

In 1999, Sam was offered an “of counsel” position at the New York City entertainment firm, Selverne, Mandelbaum and Mintz. Sam served in that position from 1998-2002.

In 2000, Sam accepted the position of President of Clef Records (a New York based record label) where he served until 2007 when he moved to California to establish his own business development and legal consulting company. Sam’s company specializes in the areas of entertainment, new technology and philanthropy.

Sam says his greatest joys come from his ability to do charity work including the work he did at Yele Haiti, first as a member of the Board of Directors and later as the official spokesperson for the charity; being a volunteer girl’s high school basketball coach; and providing pro bono services for Haitian immigrants. Currently, Sam’s firm is involved in a project to help facilitate the adoption of Haitian children.

Sam, a self-described political junkie, has appeared on MSNBC, NBC, MTV, the BBC, CBC, TVone and a host of national and international radio stations to comment on Haiti and politics in America.

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