Amanda was born and raised in Yuma. After she graduated from Cibola High School, she attended Arizona Western College for one year before transferring to the University of Arizona.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, Amanda was an intern for former Congressman Jim Kolbe. She also participated in the Walt Disney World College Program, living and working at the Walt Disney World Resort for a summer.
While in law school, Amanda was an intern in the civil division of the Yuma County Attorney’s Office. She also worked for a solo practitioner during the school year, representing families who faced financial losses as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
After graduating from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Amanda served as a judge for the Cocopah Indian Tribe in Somerton, Arizona. She gained experience in family law and child support while working as an Assistant Attorney General. Before entering private practice, Amanda served as a Deputy County Attorney in the criminal and civil divisions of the Yuma County Attorney’s Office. As a criminal Deputy County Attorney, Amanda prosecuted criminal and DUI cases. As a civil Deputy County Attorney, Amanda, represented the county in lawsuits, bankruptcy proceedings, and in public hearings. She also had the privilege of representing families in adoption cases.
Court and Bar Admissions:
- United States District Court for the District of Arizona
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Yuma County Bar Association
- Arizona Women Lawyers Association – Western Arizona Chapter
- Past Secretary, Yuma County Historical Society
- Past Secretary, Arizona Historical Society Rio Colorado Chapter
- Past At-Large Representative, First Things First Cocopah Tribe Regional Council
- Past Volunteer, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program