Amanda Bynum

Director of Externships and Bar Success & Part-Time Professor of Practice

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. Amanda 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. Amanda created and developed an ongoing CLE program for the Public Defender's Office in 2016 and led the Criminal Defense Clinic from 2016-2017. Amanda is a member of the AALS Clinical Legal Education Association, and the Association of Academic Support Educators. She 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. Amanda received the AACJ Presidents Commendation in both 2015 and 2017 for her work developing continuing legal education for criminal defense lawyers. She teaches Basic Trial Advocacy in the fall semester and assists in the program year-round. Amanda has been with the Career Development Office since August 2017 where she counsels students on bar success, develops bar programming and curriculum and runs the externship program.

Education

  • J.D. James E. Rogers College of Law
    2009
  • B.A. University of Arizona
    2006

Work Experience

  • Director of Externships & Bar Success
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2017 - present
  • Training Director
    Pima County Public Defender's Office, Tucson, Arizona
    2016 - 2017
  • Part-Time Professor of Practice
    Criminal Defense Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law
    2016 - 2017
  • Felony Trial Lawyer
    Pima County Public Defender's Office, Tucson, Arizona
    2012 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
    Nesci & St. Louis, Tucson, Arizona
    2010 - 2012