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I am the Vice President of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. I previously served as the Washtenaw County New Lawyers Co-President and co-chair of the County Bar’s Criminal Law Section.

Originally from Ann Arbor, I am active in the community. Outside of work I spend time with my wife, son, and dog.


  • Michigan State University Law School
  • Eastern Michigan University

Continuing Education

  • Trial Advocacy and Litigation Skills Training Course, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, May ’20
  • Pozner on Cross: Advanced Techniques Using the Chapter Method, NACDL, May ’20
  • Direct Examination Trial Skills Simulation Program, December ’20
  • Opening Statement Trial Skills Simulation Program, May ’20
  • Cross Examination Trial Skills Simulation Program, May ’20
  • The DataMaster DMT Fraud and What to Do About It, Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Feb ’20
  • Bias: Defining It, Exposing It, Crossing On It, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, July ’20
  • Evidence Extravaganza: How To Rule the Courtroom With Your Evidence Knowledge, CDAM, April ’20
  • Awesome Openings and Killer Closings, CDAM, Feb ’20
  • DUI Field Sobriety Test Certification, MIAOWIA, Oct ’19
  • DUI Trial Skills Workshop, MIAOWIA, Aug ’18
  • Trial College graduate, CDAM, Sept ’18
  • Cannabis and Cars Seminar, MIAOWIA, May ’19
  • Evidence Boot Camp, CDAM, March ’19
  • Fall Conference, CDAM, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Nov ’19
  • Fall Conference, CDAM, Cross-Examination, Nov ’18
  • Spring Conference, CDAM, Forensic Science, Feb ’19
  • Spring Conference, CDAM, Advanced Criminal Defense Practice, Feb ’18
  • Drug Recognition Evaluator Seminar, CDAM, Sep ’19
  • Washtenaw County Public Defender Education Seminars
    • Cross-Cultural Lawyering, June ’19
    • Motion Writing Workshop, June ’19
    • Voir Dire Workshop, Oct ’19
  • Medical Marijuana Conference, State Bar, Oct ’16
Sam Bernstein | Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney