Samuel Weiss is the founder and Executive Director of Rights Behind Bars, which litigates conditions of confinement claims against prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers. Sam has won several dozen cases on behalf of incarcerated plaintiffs in the federal appellate courts, including in the United States Supreme Court. Before starting RBB, Sam litigated prison conditions cases and other civil rights cases across the country at the ACLU’s National Prison Project, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He enjoys reading fiction and spending time with his wife and son.
- B.A. English Literature University of Michigan, 2009
- J.D. Harvard Law School, 2014
- Samuel Weiss & Donald Kinder, Schuette and Antibalkanization, 26 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 693 (2018).
- Emma Kaufman & Samuel Weiss, The Limits of Punishment, in Extreme Punishment (Keramet Reiter & Alexa Koenig eds., 2015).
- Samuel Weiss, Into the Breach: The Case for Robust Noncapital Proportionality Review under State Constitutions, 49 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 569 (2014).