My name is Samantha Ward, and I am originally from Galveston, Texas. I received my Doctorate of Juris Prudence (J.D.) from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1999. I received a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from Central Methodist University in 1996.
I have designed curriculum for top-level executives, attorneys, bar associations, law schools, law firms, legal assistants, paralegals, law enforcement, the military, and many more. My experience includes curriculum and presentation of live, on-site programs, conferences, telephone seminars, webinars, live webcasting, developing digital libraries, and more. I have taught, presented, and consulted for Post University, Ohio Christian University, Austin Women’s Small Business Alliance, the New Jersey Institute for CLE, Seattle University Law School, Cumberland Law School at Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama), the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the State Bar of New Mexico, the Association of Continuing Legal Education Professionals (ACLEA), the Missouri Bar, the Missouri Department of Revenue, Central Methodist University, Moberly Area College, and Mineral Area College.
I have interpreted and translated for several Missouri courts and for the Bootheel Migrant Farmworkers’ Project.
I am an attorney and mediator for Student and Legal Mediation Services at Sam Houston State University. And, I recently served as the Assistant Director and CLE Programs Attorney at The Missouri Bar. I practiced law for a number of years in Federal Bankruptcy Court, and practiced probate/wills, and contract review in Texas, Missouri and Kansas.
My international experience includes a study abroad with Duke University in Spain, and a language exchange in Mexico City, Mexico. I completed a year-long trip through Spain, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
I am a licensed attorney in Texas and Missouri. I have been published in the Texas Bar Journal, the Atlanta Lawyer Magazine, the North Carolina Lawyers’ Weekly, and Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly. I was featured in Law Enforcement Technology News and the Memphis Bar Journal in the fall of 2008. The American Bar Association is publishing my book, The ABA Spanish Legal Phrasebook (ABA 2010).
I am an officer of the Walker County Bar Association, and am active in the Huntsville Junior Service League.