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Amanda's interest in criminal justice was first sparked when she met Glen Edward Chapman, an former death row inmate who was finally exonerated with the help of one of Amanda's college professors at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. After meeting Ed, Amanda vowed to fight for the little guy, the underdog, the dark horse. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Psychology in December of 2009, she attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. While in law school, she worked for Metropolitan Public Defender, as well as a variety of private defense attorneys. After graduating magna cum laude in May of 2013 and passing the Oregon State Bar Exam, Amanda began working with Metropolitan Public Defender from August 2013 to September 2015 as a full time trial attorney. She tried a wide variety of cases including misdemeanors, minor felonies, and major felonies. She obtained not guilty verdicts in both major felony sex crime cases that she tried, wrote a winning motion to exclude evidence in a murder case, and was one of the youngest attorneys to obtain a favorable Court of Appeals opinion in Oregon. Amanda left MPD in September of 2015 to move to San Diego, CA. In addition to her work with NAPD, she also works closely with Alex Bassos by helping to develop the capital resource section of MyGideon in order to provide better support to capital attorneys nationwide. Additionally, she contracts with a variety of private defense attorneys to provide legal research and writing support, and in the evenings, serves as an instructor to students seeking their associate's degree in criminal justice. In her free time, Amanda can be found riding one of her road bikes, (indoor) rock climbing, searching for the perfect slice of cake, and watching her husband sing opera.

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On December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.

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Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE