Sam Heppell joined Loevy & Loevy as a Justice Fellow in September 2015.
Sam graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014, where he completed clinical and summer work in the areas of consumer law, civil liberties, and prisoners’ rights. He also represented dozens of low-income clients in Massachusetts’ Housing and District Courts as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, defending tenants against unjust evictions and protecting residents from post-foreclosure displacement as part of a community lawyering partnership with City Life/Vida Urbana.
Before law school, Sam worked as a union organizer and then as a legislative assistant in Canada’s Parliament, where he focused on issues related to police accountability and prison policy.
Sam clerked for Justice Michael J. Moldaver at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014-15.
• Illinois, 2015
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2015
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2015
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2016
• U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2016
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, 2016
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2016
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2016
Harvard Law School
• J.D. (cum laude) – May, 2014
• Sears Prize
The University of British Columbia
• B.A. – May, 2008
• John Young Memorial Prize in Economics
Clerkships & Past Employment
• Law Clerk, Hon. Michael Moldaver, Supreme Court of Canada
• Fields v. City of Chicago, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Trial counsel for Nathson Fields, who was wrongfully convicted of a double murder he did not commit and spent 18 years in prison as a result of alleged police misconduct. Jury returned a $22 million verdict for Mr. Fields, among the highest jury verdicts in a wrongful conviction case in U.S. history.
• Lemons v. City of Milwaukee, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin) Litigation counsel for Iema Lemons, who was sexually assaulted by an on-duty Milwaukee Police officer.
• Mauldin v. Obaisi, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Litigation counsel for Andre Mauldin in civil rights lawsuit alleging deliberate indifference by prison officials to Mr. Mauldin’s medical needs.
• Ragland v. Lazowski, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois) Pro bono counsel who reached successful settlement on behalf of Donald Ragland in his civil rights case alleging denial of medical care while in police custody and an unlawful strip search in a public parking lot.