Having interned with the ILRC in law school, Amy Righter has returned as a criminal and immigration law attorney. Amy brings with her a wealth of experience in criminal and immigration law as well as a longstanding dedication to advancing the rights of immigrants.
Before coming to the ILRC, Amy was the lead Attorney Editor with Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), on criminal, immigration, and evidence titles (developing, among other CEB titles, California Criminal Defense of Immigrants with Kathy Brady and Norton Tooby). Prior to that, she was a Criminal Law Legal Specialist with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in the Republic of Armenia where she helped to establish the Office of the Public Defender for the Republic of Armenia. She was a felony trial attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in San Joaquin County after starting her career as a public defender in Contra Costa County. Amy also brings extensive experience in community organizing for the empowerment of low and moderate income families.
Amy will focus on providing training and technical assistance to ILRC’s public defender partners.
Amy received her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
She can hold her own in Spanish and was once conversant in Russian.