Samantha grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She graduated summa cum laude from Northern State University in 2018 where she received her bachelor’s degree in English.
Samantha attended law school at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law. While at USD, Samantha was a member of the Moot Court Board and travelled to competitions throughout the country each semester. In March 2022, Samantha’s team received second place at the Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Samantha was also an active member in the First-Generation Lawyers and Women in Law organizations. Samantha graduated magna cum laude from USD in 2022 and received the ALI-CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award which is presented to a graduating law student who represents a combination of scholarship and leadership.