Sam Bauer, Class of 1984, was born in Mobile, Alabama. After graduation, Sam attended 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.
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.
Throughout his education and long into his legal practice, Sam was "entrusted with the safekeeping" of the Sea Pines 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 the Hilton Head Prep at the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2005. Sam currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Hilton Head Prep and received the 2022 Alumni Distinguished Citizen Award.
Sam and his wife, Mackenzie, have two beautiful daughters, Izzy (Class of 2025), Sylvie (7 months), and four step-children, Colin, Quinn, Rymer, and Penny. When not in a courtroom, you will find Sam enthusiastically cheering on Izzy and the Dolphins at every soccer, volleyball, and basketball game.