Amanda’s legal career has been dedicated to helping traditionally underserved individuals vindicate their rights under the law. Amanda attended City University of New York School of Law where the mission was “law in the service of human needs.” While attending law school Amanda helped start a small law firm in Manhattan, Mayerson and Associates. Upon graduation in 2001, Amanda joined the firm as an associate attorney to advocate for autistic children who had been denied a meaningful education under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act.
In 2005, she relocated to Rochester, New York where she represented clients in civil rights matters and employment law including litigating racial discrimination, gender discrimination and false imprisonment cases. In January 2007, Amanda joined the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office. As an assistant public defender she represented indigent clients in criminal and family court.
In September 2015, Amanda joined ILS as the Quality Improvement Implementation Attorney for the Hurrell-Harring settlement. Amanda has also supported civil rights outside of her legal work. She is a member of the Genesee Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union and developed their biannual “Liberty Conference” which educates high school students about their Constitutional rights. Additionally, Amanda served as a board member of the New York Civil Liberties Union from 2007 to 2015.