Amanda S. Wadsworth is the Legal Program Manager at Jobs to Move America.
Prior to joining JMA, she served as an Assistant Public Defender in Cortland County, NY and a Staff Attorney in the Criminal Defense Unit at the Legal Aid of Buffalo, NY. In both positions, she worked to provide quality representation to indigent individuals throughout their criminal cases by protecting their legal rights and striving to ensure the law is applied equally and without discrimination. In addition to her case work at the Legal Aid Bureau, she also worked extensively on a police accountability project that gathered information and evidence around local police misconduct to be entered into a database that criminal defense attorneys could later access.
Amanda received her J.D. from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 2018. Throughout that time, she drafted a FOIL request directed at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office regarding suicide reporting and rates of inmates housed at the Erie County Holding Center, she drafted proposed language for the United States Northern District of New York to modify the Courts rules around sealing cases and asked the Court bring those into compliance with federal law, and she worked with Prisoner’s Legal Services on prisoners’ rights violations. She also studied immigration law while abroad at the University of Glasgow and participated in a myriad of trial and arbitration team competitions.
Outside of work Amanda is currently coaching her local rugby team, loves to play rugby and ski, and has 7 beautiful animals with her family.