Amanda Bynum is a Tucson native with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law where she earned a Certificate in Criminal Law and Policy. During law school, she had practical experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic. She was awarded the Outstanding 3L Award in 2009. Ms. Bynum was an associate attorney in a private Arizona law firm practicing criminal defense from 2010-2012 before practicing as a felony trial lawyer at the Pima County Public Defender from 2012-2017. Ms. Bynum created and developed an ongoing CLE program for the Public Defender's Office in 2016 and led the Criminal Defense Clinic from 2016-2017. Ms. Bynum is a member of the AALS Clinical Legal Education Association and formerly served as a Board Member of the Pima County Young Lawyers Division and Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice where she served as Seminar Committee Chair from 2013-2016 and co-chair until 2017. Ms. Bynum received the AACJ Presidents Commendation in both 2015 and 2017 for her work developing continuing legal education for criminal defense lawyers.