Amanda Bashi

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Contact Information
Cornell Law School
132 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Fax: (607) 255-7193
Email: ab2756@cornell.edu

Assistant:
Susan Tosto
Cornell Law School
129 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Email: sjt29@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

Amanda Bashi’s work is seated at the intersection of criminal law, family law, and trauma. She is the Trauma-Informed Staff Attorney at Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, where she provides holistic legal services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Amanda created the Women’s Decarceration Practicum at Cornell Law School, through which she teaches law students to advocate for incarcerated survivors of gender-based violence. Amanda is a former federal public defender and her work freed a dozen prisoners from living death sentences and returned more than 10,000 months of freedom to men and women over-punished during America’s failed drug war. She is an expert in postconviction law and reentry advocacy, and in 2016 she was invited to President Obama’s White House for her work on executive commutations and reentry. Amanda co-authored the Illinois State Bar Association’s Post-Conviction Manual, and co-founded The Decarceration Collective, a criminal justice advocacy non-profit. She earned her JD summa cum laude and holds a master’s in social work from the University of Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys teaching yoga as trauma healing.