While working as a criminal defense private investigator, Amanda Bleiler found a desire to make a positive impact on those on the fringes of society. Upon deciding to attend law school to pursue a career as a public defender, Amanda moved to Cincinnati from Seattle. Since her move, Amanda has continuously sought out opportunities to learn more and broaden her base of knowledge. From interning her first semester at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center to working as a fellow with the Ohio Innocence Project, Amanda continues to pursue any learning opportunities available to become the best future advocate possible.
Being a fellow with the Weaver Institute is an exciting and important endeavor to Amanda as immersing herself into mental health law and how it pertains to the criminal justice system will undoubtedly have a significant influence upon her ability to be an exceptional public defender in a system where so many mental health issues are often overlooked in indigent defendants.