Amanda Bynum

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

Ms. Bynum works diligently to develop strategies and curricula for student success on the bar examination. She facilitates bar success programming and workshops.

In addition, she facilitates the Law College's externship program by assisting students in finding opportunities for practical experience in law firms, corporations, and government agencies. She teaches an externship course that focuses on professionalism, ethics, and reflective practice. She is always interested in connecting with passionate attorneys to serve as field supervisors in this program.

Amanda teaches as a Professor of Practice for the mandatory first-year Preparing to Practice Professional Development and Study Skills Course. In the fall semester, she also teaches Basic Trial Advocacy where she returns to her roots as a criminal trial attorney to teach law students how to be excellent trial attorneys. Throughout the year, Ms. Bynum critiques and assists in the law college's top-rated experiential learning curriculum.

Ms. Bynum is a Tucson native with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. She is a 2009 graduate of the Arizona College Of Law where she earned a Certificate in Criminal Law and Policy. She served as a student, field supervisor, and professor in the criminal defense clinic. Prior to academia, Amanda worked in both private criminal defense practice and as a public defender. As an Assistant Public Defender, she served as the office's training director where she planned and facilitated the first-ever Pima County Public Defender Trial College.

She has extensive trial experience in cases ranging from misdemeanor domestic violence to First Degree Murder and Rape. She is considered an expert by her peers in DUI defense and Trial Practice.

After running a successful wedding photography business for several years, Amanda now enjoys photography as a favorite hobby secondary to personal health and wellness.

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