Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Amanda grew up in Rochester, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Anthropology from New York University. Prior to attending law school, she worked in employment advocacy. It was this experience of working with individuals new to the country and advocating for their employment that solidified her desire to go to law school. She feels fortunate to have attended the City University of New York Law School, where she was able to find and develop relationships with like-minded future public interest lawyers and defenders.
While attending CUNY Law School, she realized through her internships and clinic work that criminal defense was where her future lay, defending individuals charged with crimes, working to keep people out of jail, and being an active part of the checks and balances on police power. She participated in CUNY’s year long Adult Defender Clinic, representing clients in Queens Criminal Court. She also interned with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Office; the Special Litigation Unit in Manhattan; and Mental Hygiene Legal Services, working on Article 10 Sex Offender Civil Commitment hearings and trials.
After receiving her Juris Doctor from CUNY Law School, she joined BDS in the fall of 2011. She is proud to be a public defender and grateful for the opportunity to commit to public defense work for the people of Brooklyn facing criminal charges.