Amanda Reynoso-Palley recently joined Day One as a Frank H.T. Rhodes Public Interest Law Fellow. Amanda’s fellowship is focused on holding high schools to the same accountability as colleges when it comes to sexual assault and dating violence. The fellowship utilizes litigation, education policy advocacy, and activism to amplify the voices of student survivors in New York City.
Amanda is a Bay Area native, who first attended the University of California, Berkeley and majored in Latin American History. During college Amanda taught English to low-income Chilean high-school students, and wrote her thesis on education reform. After college, Amanda worked as a journalist covering stories on bullying, education, and youth violence. After interning at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, where Amanda worked with immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence, Amanda decided to pursue a J.D. at Cornell Law School. Throughout her law school career, Amanda became deeply involved in the anti-violence movement. Over the summer after her first year of law school, Amanda worked at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant where she provided direct services to young immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence. In school, Amanda was a member of the Global Gender Justice Clinic and worked on projects aimed at reforming the military justice system to protect survivors of sexual assault and advancing local policy in Tompkins County surrounding survivor’s rights to safe employment. During the summer after her second year of law school, Amanda interned with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project where she fought against institutional discrimination by urging public schools to comply with Title IX and stop segregating classes by sex. Amanda is delighted to join Day One’s remarkable team and continue her work in the anti-violence movement.