Chevaun Samuels, a 2013 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and New York University alumnus, is currently in his second year at Columbia Law School.
After graduating from MVHS, Samuels attended New York University (NYU) where he majored in political science and received a minor in Africana Studies. While pursuing his undergraduate education, Samuels interned for the King’s County District Attorney’s office as well as with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Samuels first realized his interest in government while attending MVHS. During this time, he served as senior class president and was also a member of the varsity track team and the National Honor Society.
“Growing up in Mount Vernon, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in which I could give back to my community. At the time, I thought that was through government work,” said Samuels. “Now, I hope to use my future law degree to represent individuals who cannot represent themselves.”
Samuels has used his experiences to help mentor current students in the Mount Vernon City School District. He’s maintained a close relationship with Ms. Peggy Williams, a counselor at MVHS, and is planning to speak at the high school’s career day this March.
Along with a group of fellow Mount Vernon alumni, Samuels hopes to work with the District to launch an alumni mentor program.
“Members of my class and beyond want to give back to the school and larger community through this mentorship program,” he added.
After graduating in 2020, Samuels hopes to begin his law career at a firm handling corporate transactional law before working in the public sector as a public defender.