Amanda C. Bass

Hometown – West Chicago, IL
Undergrad – Amherst College, BS, Mathematics and Black Studies
Graduate School – New York University, 2015, JD
Current – Supervisor, Capital Habeas Unit, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona

Amanda Bass is an attorney with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the District of Arizona where she represents death-sentenced prisoners in their federal appeals. Amanda served as a member of the two-part legal team working on Julius Jones’ federal appeal. Julius Jones was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death at 19-years old. Jones’ case was the focus of an ABC docu-series called “The Last Defense,” from Oscar-winning actress turned executive producer Viola Davis.

Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender, Amanda worked on both capital and non-capital post-conviction cases in the South. Amanda graduated from Amherst College in 2010 and then went on to earn her JD from New York University School of Law in 2015.