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Born in Jackson, Mississippi, and reared on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi, Amanda is a native Mississippian. After graduating in 1998 from Biloxi High School, Amanda attended the University of Mississippi where in 2002 she earned Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and English. While in college she took care to do well in her studies, and in addition to participation in multiple philanthropic activities, she served as the president of Psi Chi Honor Society, vice president of Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, and as an officer within the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity.
Amanda's passion for assisting others led her to enroll in the University of Mississippi School of Law. Amanda distinguished herself both in and out of the classroom. As a law student she was admitted to practice law within the State as a student attorney under the Mississippi Limited Practice Act. She practiced law under the Second Circuit District Attorney's Office where she assisted in the prosecution of felony criminal cases on behalf of the State of Mississippi in Harrison county. She also practiced within the Domestic Violence Division of the University of Mississippi School of Law Civil Legal Clinic, where she represented victims of domestic violence. Throughout law school Amanda volunteered at North Mississippi Rural Legal Services where she assisted in the legal representation of low income individuals in various civil matters. At Ole Miss Law School, Amanda served as the president of the Law Association of Women, as an officer within the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, and a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Federalist Society. She graduated with her Juris Doctor degree, law degree, in 2004.
After graduating, Amanda began her legal career stationed in Oxford, Mississippi as the Mississippi Taxpayer Assistance Project Director, a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. As the Director from 2005 to 2011, she managed a Statewide project while providing services to the community through representation and community education. She represented low to moderate income taxpayers throughout the State in the areas of state and federal taxation, including representation before the Internal Revenue Service in examination, appeals, and collection, and the United States Tax Court.
In addition to serving as the Mississippi Taxpayer Assistance Project Director, given the legal needs of low income individuals, Amanda also represented clients in the areas of family law, consumer law, bankruptcy law, estates law, housing law, and poverty law. She also provided educational seminars to community members, including professional, civic, and academic groups, on topics including estates planning, elder law, legal rights, asset building and protection, foreclosure prevention, landlord/tenant rights, consumer protection issues and rights, and domestic violence.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, after securing a grant for the program, in 2006 and 2007, Amanda was afforded the opportunity to serve as the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps, Hurricane Katrina Initiative, Pro Bono Legal Corps Project Director, providing her with the opportunity to give back to her community during a grave time of need. In this position, she supervised four attorneys that were responsible for providing representation and education to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Project allowed for several hundred attorneys, including out of state attorneys, to be recruited to represent individuals with legal issues stemming from Hurricane Katrina.
From 2007 to 2011, Amanda was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law where she taught law students within the Civil Legal Clinic, a clinical learning program. This position allowed her the opportunity to teach law students both substantive and procedural law in the area of taxation. In addition, she supervised the students as they provided representation to low income individuals and participated in community educational events.
In April 2012, Amanda opened her own law firm in Meridian, Mississippi. She currently practices in the areas of family law, taxation, wills and estates, consumer law, criminal law, and other general practice areas. She is a member of several professional associations, including currently serving as the Lauderdale County Young Lawyers President, and continues to provide volunteer work as a pro bono attorney and attorney mentor.
Amanda lives in Meridian, Mississippi with her husband, Jason, who was her high school sweetheart, and their son, Little Jason. Her family shares their home with two Great Danes, a Chihuahua, and a Chihuahua/Terrier mix and two elderly cats. Outside of the office Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, traveling, and baking.
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|MS||Authorized to practice law||2005||01/11/2016|
|Attorney and Counselor at Law||Evans Law Firm, PLLC||2012 - Present|
|Adjunct Clinical Professor||University Of Mississippi School Of Law||2007 - 2011|
|Pro Bono Legal Corps Project Director||North Mississippi Rural Legal Services||2006 - 2007|
|Mississippi Taxpayer Assistance Project Director||North Mississippi Rural Legal Services||2005 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Lauderdale County Bar Association||Vice President||2015 - 2015|
|Lauderdale County Young Lawyers||President||2012 - Present|
|Lauderdale County Bar Association||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Mississippi Women Lawyers Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Mississippi Bar, Family Law Section||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Mississippi Bar, Taxation Section||Executive Committee Member||2006 - Present|
|Mississippi Bar, Estates and Trusts Section||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Lafayette County Bar Association||N/A||2005 - 2012|
|Tri-County Young Lawyers||N/A||2005 - 2012|
|Mississippi State Bar||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Mississippi Bar, Young Lawyers Division||N/A||2005 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2002 - Present|
|University of Mississippi School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|University of Mississippi||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|University of Mississippi School of Law||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|2012 Annual PDD Conference||Predatory Lending||2012|
|Mississippi Voluteer Lawyers Project Annual CLE||Predatory Lending: Money Tree or Sap Sucker||2011|
|Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project Annual CLE||Tax Information and Tips for Attorneys||2010|
|Elder Law Conference||Predatory Lending: Issues Affecting the Elderly||2010|
|Mississippi Volunter Lawyers Project Annual CLE||Scams, Cons, and Frauds||2009|
|Low Income Taxpayer Clinic National Conference||Expanding Your ESL Outreach Topics Beyond EITC and ITINS||2009|
|Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Annual Conference||Expanding Your Outreach Topics for Controversy Clinics||2009|
|English as a Second Language (ESL) Outreach||English as a Second (ESL) Taxpayer Rights and Responsibilities and the New US Taxpayer in the Tax System||2009|
|Community Education Workshop||Overview of Current Housing Issues: Foreclosure Prevention, Alternatives to Foreclosure, Foreclosure Scams, and Tax Consequences of Foreclosure||2009|
|Scam Jam 2008||Cancellation of Debt Tax Issues||2008|
|Elder Law Conference||Predatory Lending: Identification, Prevention, and Resolution||2008|
|2008 Mississippi Congressional Affairs Program Seminar||Federal Tax Issues: Identification, Prevention, and Resolution||2008|
|Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Training||Tax Return Preparation Training||2007|
|Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Return Preparer Training||Tax Return Preparation Training||2007|
|Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Attorneys Training||Civil Legal Issues||2007|
|Elder Law Conference||Tax Issues for Seniors||2007|
|Training on Procedural and Substantive Tax Issues||Procedural and Substantive Tax Issues||2006|
|Taxpayer Advocacy Panel||Tax issues||2006|
|Mississippi Legal Services Conference||Federal Tax Issues: Identification, Prevention, and Resolution, and Identity Theft||2006|
|Legal Training for Poverty Law Attorneys||Identity Theft; Federal Tax Issues: Identification, Prevention, and Resolution||2006|
|Elder Law Conference||Scams, Cons, and Frauds: Identification, Prevention, and Resolution||2006|
|Consumer Protection Workshop||Tax Issues for the Elderly||2006|
|Consumer Protection Program||Consumer Protection||2006|
|Americorps Orientation||Hurricane Katrina Legal Issues||2006|