About Amanda

I decided to run for Judge of the 68th District Court because I believe I possess the judicial temperament and experience necessary to serve in the important role of civil court judge. Every person who walks into my courtroom can rest assured that I share some perspective with them. 

Over the past nine years of civil law practice, I've advocated for numerous clients on both sides of the courtroom, representing defendants and plaintiffs, individuals and companies. I have also experienced bias and pre-judgment based on qualities I cannot change: my gender, my perceived ethnic background, and at a young age, my socioeconomic status. I believe my legal and life experiences bring valuable perspective to this bench and allows me to better represent the citizens of Dallas County, and I will do so with an open and just mind.

As the daughter of a public school teacher and immigrant from Iran, raised with limited resources in rural Texas, I recognize the opportunities hard work, determination, and growing up in the United States have afforded me. While we still have a long way to go, I believe with hard work, and a fair and just system, there is opportunity for everyone to achieve their dreams.

I grew up in Lampasas, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin on a full scholarship, where I double majored in Government and Philosophy and graduated with honors. I received my Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, where I received High Honors Distinction in Legal Research. 

I have a long history of Democratic activism, starting as a founding member of the Lampasas County Young Democrats. At the University of Texas, I was an active member of the College Democrat and was also active in the Law School Democrats at the University of Illinois.

I’ve had a strong desire to help make my community a better place for as long as I can remember. This drive led me to volunteer at local nursing homes in my hometown of Lampasas, serve at homeless shelters in Houston, canvass for Democrats in Central Texas, and attend Texas Legislative votes all before I could drive. 

During my time at the University of Texas, I worked to break down stereotypes and spread cultural awareness with AIESEC, an organization dedicated to inclusion through building relationships, both personally and professionally, with individuals across cultures. I continued this work as a worldwide Pro Bono lead for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, coordinating efforts of over 150 attorneys across the globe to deliver more than 800 hours of pro bono legal services in 2016 alone.

My desire to serve and help those facing adversity remains strong today, from working to protect US citizens and detainees at DFW Airport, to advocacy work in response to SB4 and hauling supplies and providing hot meals to first responders in Rockport following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. 

I have also taken on leadership roles in numerous professional and community organizations, including Lawyers for America, the Terry Foundation, and the Dallas Young Lawyers Association, as well as serving as a recurring contributor on Inside Texas Politics: My Voice, My Opinion.

I believe I am strongly positioned - and have the qualifications and experience necessary - to win this race and look forward to serving Dallas County as the next Judge of the 68th District Court and welcome your vote in the Democratic primary on March 6, 2018.

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