Amanda DuBois began her legal career as a plaintiff’s medical negligence and personal injury lawyer, and served on the Board of Governors of Washington State Association for Justice. After about ten years, she switched gears and opened a family law practice. For the past twenty years, Amanda has been representing individuals in the area of family law, including custody and financial matters. She has tried many cases in King County – representing medical and psychiatric malpractice plaintiffs as well as family law litigants - addressing topics such as complex business issues, separate property and tracing issues, committed intimate relationships, relocation, and run of the mill divorces with custody and financial issues. Amanda believes that the best mediators are ones with recent courtroom experience – this gives them perspective on how a judge might perceive the case.
Amanda is the founder of Civil Survival Project, an organization that teaches advocacy skills to formerly incarcerated individuals. Civil Survival has created a coalition that has collectively led significant legislative reform in Washington State over the past few legislative sessions. When Civil Survival recently merged with Public Defender’s Association in Seattle, Amanda transitioned from mentoring Civil Survival staff to serving on the board of PDA whose mission is to advocate for justice system reform and develop alternatives that shift from a punishment paradigm to a system that supports individual and community health. Public Defender’s Association is the home to the nationally recognized Law Enforcement Diversion Program.
Amanda also serves on the board of The Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (works to increase access to educational opportunities for women in prison and provides accredited college classes for women prisoners and former prisoners in Washington State). She is the past President of Women’s Funding Alliance (nonprofit dedicated to advancing leadership and economic opportunity for women and girls). Amanda combines her nursing degree with her legal background as a board member of Uplift International (advocates for global health issues including the right to family planning).
Amanda is a former board member of Peace Trees Vietnam (landmine removal program in Quang Tri Province Vietnam), the Washington State Association for Justice, Shoreline Public School Foundation, and Swedish Edmonds Hospital Foundation. She is currently mentoring an amazing group of Black mothers who have lost children to urban violence as they establish a new non-profit addressing unique approaches to public safety. Amanda is also on the advisory committee of 1426, a brand new building that will house reentry programs and welcome people returning from prison to our community.
Amanda holds a bachelor’s of nursing from PLU and a JD from Seattle University School of Law (back when it was UPS).