Amanda Schmidt was born and raised in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She attended Glen Burnie High and graduated from Washington College with a B.A. in sociology, a minor in psychology, and a concentration in pre-law. While attending Washington College, Amanda realized her dream of becoming a family law attorney. She went on to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law.
During law school, Amanda was a student attorney for the University's Family Law Clinic, where she argued cases in District Court and Circuit Court for economically disadvantaged clients. Amanda participated in a campaign to reform Maryland's domestic violence laws, and was part of a delegation that testified before the General Assembly to change those laws. She was also a participant in the Center for Families, Courts and Children, where she became involved in the Truancy Court Program. This program offered a holistic approach to assisting at-risk youths who demonstrated truant behavior. Amanda also interned for the Honorable Yolanda Tanner and Master Claudette Brown at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Juvenile Division. Amanda also obtained her mediation certification while attending law school.
After graduating from Law School, Amanda was selected to clerk for Domestic Relations Master William M. Dunn at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Family Law Division. After her clerkship, she immediately went on to work for Ward Pratz & Associates, P.A. where she has concentrated on further developing the family practice of the firm.
Amanda is a certified Maryland mediator, and has her certification in Child Counsel’s Training from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Family Administration. She has served in the capacity of a court-appointed attorney representing children in contested custody cases.
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I have worked with Amanda for over two years now. I've learned so much from her, and she continues to be one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I know. If I needed a family law attorney tomorrow, I would not hesitate to use or recommend Amanda. I happily endorse this lawyer.
|Associate Attorney||WARD & CO., CHTD.||2009 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Anne Arundel County Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|University of Baltimore School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctorate||2008|
|Glen Burnie High School||N/A||N/A||N/A|