Amanda Bernardo is a Supervising Attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) Immigrant Protection Unit, where she oversees the case work of staff attorneys representing clients in removal (a.k.a. “deportation”) proceedings before the Immigration Court. Amanda also provides direct representation to clients in removal proceedings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Amanda was the senior associate attorney at a boutique immigration firm in downtown Manhattan where she specialized in removal defense and complex matters involving fraud and criminal issues. Amanda is a frequent speaker on immigration law for several affinity bar associations. She was the Immigration Law Committee Co-Chair for the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), which AABANY named the Committee of the Year. The Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALA New York) gave Amanda the Rising Star Award and she currently serves on FALA New York’s Board of Directors. In addition, Amanda is a Delegate for the Embassy of the Philippines’ Filipino Young Leaders Program. Amanda received her J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from American University, where she graduated summa cum laude with honors.