Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court
Amanda Allen is a judicial law clerk for a federal judge. She graduated from Berkeley Law in 2019 with a Public Interest & Social Justice Certificate. During law school, Amanda did pro bono work. She was the co-founder and co-director of Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips—Berkeley Law’s first-ever alternative spring break program. Additionally, Amanda was involved in the Workers’ Rights Clinic and the Foster Education Project. For her work, she was awarded the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service and the Pro Bono Champion Award. Amanda also graduated with Pro Bono Honors with Highest Distinction for completing over 200 hundred pro bono hours. Furthermore, Amanda was on the mock trial team. She received an Outstanding Attorney Award for the Bales Mock Trial Competition and was a winner of the 2018 Pahlke Internal Trial Competition. Amanda also competed in the National Civil Trial Competition and the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition. Amanda went to Scotland to participate in the Baylor Law Academy of the Advocate, where she was accepted into the Advanced School of Trial. In addition, Amanda enjoyed being a member of the Berkeley Law Improv Group. Amanda graduated in 2016 from the University of Louisville summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication. While at the University of Louisville, Amanda served as the Executive Director of the Engage Lead Serve Board, which is a branch of the student government tasked with connecting students with volunteer opportunities in the community and creating programming on civic engagement and leadership. Amanda also worked as a staff assistant for a former Louisville Metro councilmember, interned for a member of congress, interned for a Kentucky state representative, and interned at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Under Secretary. Amanda was the 2016 Ms. Cardinal. The Dean of Students Office awarded her the Outstanding Freshman Award and the Outstanding Senior Award. The Department of Communication awarded Amanda the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. From the Office of Student Involvement, Amanda was awarded the 2014 Red Wagon Award and the 2016 Lincoln Award for her leadership and involvement. Amanda also earned the Truman Scholarship—the premier graduate fellowship in the United States that is awarded to college juniors with a demonstrated commitment to public service. Amanda enjoys spending time with her dog and family, watching musicals, attending barre classes, and reading.