Student, New York Law School
Amanda Willis is a third year law student at New York Law School. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Amanda moved to Richmond to attend Randolph-Macon College where she majored in Sociology. She traveled to Ghana to study women’s roles and the health care system and interned at a local county court in Banbury, England.
Before law school Amanda worked in two different firms, one of which specialized in large class action defense, and then a more traditional firm which covered both corporate and litigation matters. At the latter firm, she was the assistant to the Chair of the Securities Litigation and Regulation group. It was a great learning environment for her, as she became the Chair of the Staff Diversity Committee, planning events for offices nation-wide.
Since starting her legal education at NYLS, she has experienced many new areas of law and this has increased her interest in international human rights. The summer of her first year she attended a summer program through American University, which allowed her to take International Human Rights and European Comparative Law, all while traveling to Geneva, Paris, London and Brussels. In her second year, she interned for the New York Civil Liberties Union and for a deportation defense immigration firm. She also took Islamic law, which she found unbelievably interesting and have since begun independently studying Islamic finance. Now, in her third year, she has a job interning at a business immigration firm and is planning to take International Criminal Law and Global Justice Colloquium.