National Association of Attorneys General
NAAG Welcomes Supreme Court Fellows for Winter Term
The NAAG Supreme Court Fellows program gives deputy and assistant attorneys general an opportunity for direct and rigorous exposure to the practices of the U.S. Supreme Court. This hands-on experience allows selected attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General to come to Washington, D.C. for several months during the Court’s argument session. During this time, they watch oral arguments, participate in moot courts, prepare an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case, and draft the biweekly Supreme Court Report. The following two fellows are working with NAAG Supreme Court counsel from January to March:
Abby Adams is a deputy attorney general in the Criminal Appeals Section of the Delaware Department of Justice. In this role, she practices before the Delaware Supreme Court defending convictions on direct appeal and in state post-conviction proceedings. Abby has been with the Department of Justice since 2006, where she began as a deputy attorney general in the Civil Division. Previously, Abby worked in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance, and spent four years in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions. While at the SEC, she received an LL.M in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, and studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining the SEC, Abby was a law clerk for Justice Randy Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law. In her spare time, Abby enjoys going to concerts and sporting events, traveling anywhere, and is learning to play the piano.
Samuel Peterson is an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Section at the Ohio Office of the Attorney General. In this role, Samuel represents the state of Ohio and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in civil enforcement cases and in proceedings before the Environmental Reviews Appeals Commission. He is also a member of the Major Appeals Group where he assists the Appeals Section with brief writing, moot courts, and oral arguments. Samuel has been with the office since 2009, when he began working in the Criminal Justice Section as an assistant attorney general. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, he worked as a law clerk for Justice Judith Lanzinger of the Ohio Supreme Court. Samuel received his bachelor’s degree in English (and minors in chemistry and humanities) from Valparaiso University. He also graduated with his J.D. from The Ohio State Moritz College of Law. Outside the office, Samuel enjoys spending time outside, including hiking, camping, and backpacking. He also likes to travel, and most recently visited Tanzania, where he and friends summited Mount Kilimanjaro.