Sam Chang ’00

As an undergrad Sam Chang felt drawn to Kappa Sigma, mostly drawn by the brotherhood – particularly the variety of attributes he saw within members, but he’ll also admit being located in the heart of Greek Row surrounded by sororities didn’t hurt.

He kept himself busy, both on Greek Row – serving Kappa Sigma as an Outer Guard for two semesters and as a member of ANGLE. Sam was also a man about campus. He was a member of Bobcats, was President of Chain Gang Junior Honorary , Junior Man of the Year and served as Director of Arizona Students Association and Student Body Executive Vice President.

As a senior Chang horded awards and honors, winning Greek Man of the Year and the President’s Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior (Robert L. Nugent Award).

Brother Chang next attended Arizona Law School, graduating in 2006 and earning the Dean’s Recognition Award, which is awarded to two graduates each year.  In 2004, while attending law school, Sam was awarded the honor of a position of summer clerk for Pat Murphy ’65 and Ryan Anderson ’94.

In 2006 Sam started with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, one of the largest firms in Arizona, along with Ben Graff. Chang is still with the firm, having made partner in 2013.  In 2015 Sam was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” by the Phoenix Business Journal. He has been named one of Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2012, 2013, 2016 and again this year. He was also the Arizona State Bar Co-Chair of the State Bar Convention in 2016.

“Joining KS was one of the best decisions I made while in school.  On a professional level, the experience and relationships from Kappa Sigma helped me be successful as an undergrad.  And in law school, I was fortunate enough to have Kappa Sigma Alumni look out for me in my career…from Tom Keating’s constant support and writing a letter of rec for me, to Pat Murphy and Ryan Anderson giving me a summer clerkship, my ties to Kappa Sigma helped launch my legal career.

“On a personal level, my best friends to this day are several of my Kappa Sigma brothers, Including Ben Graff ‘98  And I also met my future wife, Molly Dean (who was a Sigma Kappa), at a party at the Kappa Sigma house.  “

Brother Chang is grateful for the opportunities the fraternity helped provide him. Sam is also grateful to be better looking than fellow 2017 inductee Ben Graff.