Amanda L. David (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Law at the CUNY School of Law. Prior to joining CUNY’s faculty, Amanda was the Director of Strategic Litigation at the Federal Defenders of New York, Inc. for the Eastern District of New York. In this role, Professor David worked to introduce anti-racism affirmative work to pair with the office’s defense practice, supervised assistant federal defenders, and represented individuals charged with federal crimes. During her time at Federal Defenders, she also co-taught the Federal Defender Clinic at New York University School of Law. Professor David’s scholarship interests include the pernicious impact of race on the criminal justice system, the need for diversity in public defense organizations, and the overreliance on the criminal justice system as a proxy for effective mental health treatment.
Professor David began her legal career defending clients in criminal and delinquency proceedings in D.C. Superior Court as a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service. She is a 2008 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar and managing editor of the journal, Review of Law and Social Change. She received her B.A. in Metropolitan Studies and Politics from New York University in 2005. She is a native of Brooklyn, NY.