Sam Bauer, Sea Pines Academy class of 1984, was born in Mobile, Alabama. While a student at SPA, Sam lead the Winthrop Challenge Quiz Bowl Team, participated in the Princeton Model Congress, Model United Nations, and SPA's state champion varsity soccer team, earned gold medals for SPA at
the Beaufort County Academic Olympics, and during the 1984 year competed for the arsity track team, setting SPA's pole vault record. During his graduation remarks from SPA in 1984, Sam is
quoted as saying, "I knew when I came to Sea Pines Academy, i had found my second home." Sam graduated from Spring Hill College (BS 1988) and obtained his law degree from the University of Alabama in 1991 before returning to Beaufort County to serve as public defender.
Throughout his education and long into his legal practice, Sam was "entrusted with the safekeeping"of the Sea Pins Academy bell. There was a long tradition of stealing the bell that hung
in the bell tower on campus during the school year and returning it at graduation, but the class of 1984 never returned it. Although the bell changed hands many times, Sam was instrumental in
returning the bell to Hilton Head Prep at the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2005.
As an attorney, Sam takes pride in his service to the legal community. He is death penalty certified by the courts of South Carolina. He has served as President of the Beaufort County Bar Association and of the South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has been a full member of the National College of DUI Defense Lawyers and a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Jurisprudence section. He is a regular instructor for the South Carolina Summary Court
Judges School, and numerous legal associations statewide, lecturing on topics including Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, Evidential Alcohol Analysis, and Forensic Sciences. For the past
three years, Sam has been recognized by South Carolina Super Lawyers for his contributions to the legal field.
Sam and his wife, Mackenzie, have two beautiful daughters, Izzy (Hilton Head Prep Class of 2025) and Sylvie (6 months and a future Dolphin) and four step-children, Colin, Quinn, Rymer, and Penny. When not in a courtroom, you will find Sam enthusiastically cheerying on Izzy and the Dolphins at every soccer, volleyball, and basketball game.