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Pamela Samuels-Young’s is a lawyer and an avid reader of mysteries and legal thrillers, Pamela's desire to see African-American characters depicted more prominently in today's mainstream legal fiction caused her to pen her first novel.
A native of Compton, California, Pamela began her writing career as editor of her high school newspaper, the Compton High School Chimes, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in journalism from the University of Southern California. Her early journalism experience included internships with WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., the Long Beach Press-Telegram in Long Beach, California, and the Rockford Register-Star in Rockford, Illinois.
After completing her master’s degree in broadcasting at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she worked as a production assistant and news writer for WXYZ-TV in Detroit and as a news writer and associate producer for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. She took a break from the news business to serve as a Coro Foundation Fellow in St. Louis, Missouri, and later received her law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Her legal career began at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, where she eventually became Special Counsel. Pamela also served as legal consultant to the Showtime television series, Soul Food. She is married, works full-time as an employment attorney for a large corporation in Southern California and still finds the time to teach Employment Law at the University of Phoenix.
An excerpt of Pamela’s first novel won the Black Expressions Book Club’s Third Annual Fiction Writing Contest in 2003 and also received an Honorable Mention in the 2003 SEAK Legal Fiction Writing Competition. Pamela has already completed her second novel, currently titled In Firm Pursuit, which revolves around a highly questionable sexual harassment case. She is now busy at work on her third book.
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