Roberts waived the admissions process and invited Pryor to return
in August to join the class. When he showed up six weeks later, the
admissions dean was perplexed by the unorthodox decision but
acquiesced to Justice Roberts.
It was at Penn Law that Sam found his niche. His grades and
interest soared through three years of law school. Later he enlisted
in the Marine Corps and then joined Davis Polk, where he
once headed the firm’s Paris bureau. In his spare time he shaped
organizational missions for such groups as the National Audubon
Society, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the National Forest
Foundation, and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.