Sam Winder is a citizen of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. Currently, he is a visiting professor with the University of New Mexico’s Southwest Indian Law Clinic
(SILC). He has previously served as an adjunct professor with the University of New Mexico School of Law, as a State District Court Judge, Second Judicial District, Bernalillo County, as a Federal Prosecutor, a Tribal Liaison for the Unites States Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico, and as a Tribal Attorney for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Honors and awards include the Federal Executive Board Public Service Award, Sustained Superior Performance Awards as an Assistant United States Attorney, and the Special Act of Service Awards as Tribal Liaison for the District of New Mexico. He is a member of the Tribal Issues Advisory Group, United States Sentencing Commission and has served on the University of New Mexico Law School Alumni Association Board and with the National Native American Bar Association, and is a former board member of both AMI Kids and Calvary of Albuquerque.