Amanda Woog is a Quattrone Center Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and co-founder of the Texas Justice Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to improving transparency in Texas’ criminal justice system. Amanda’s research interest in criminal justice transparency stems from her work in Texas documenting deaths in custody and officer-involved shootings. Her broad approach to transparency includes not only increasing access to governmental information, but also collecting and publishing narratives from people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system.
Amanda’s work has been widely covered in the media, including The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Univision, and New York Daily News. She has had opinion pieces published in the Washington Post, The Conversation, the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle.
Amanda received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. As an attorney, she clerked on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, served as Policy Director for the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, and was a litigation associate at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.