Santa Fe Living Treasures ‚Äď Elder Stories

His cases range from complex international financial matters to the most basic and reprehensible crimes of violence. But always a true professional, Sam treats every person--and also every family--with utmost courtesy as the American legal system strives for justice. His efforts draw high praise from virtually every judge and lawyer.

In his spare time Sam has worked for numerous causes, including museums, women's rights, Santa Fe Beautiful, the Old Santa Fe Association, and immigrant custodians at Santa Fe Community College. For several non-profit groups he has translated brochures into Spanish. With his wife Lauretta he has "adopted" a roadway median near the downtown post office. And for anyone curious about that first initial "A." in Sam's name, it stands for Abdallah--his father was a proud Lebanese immigrant to the United States.

Story by Richard McCord

Photo © 2005 Steve Northrup