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Amanda Yarusso

  • Adjunct Professor

  • Education

    • ​JD, University of Minnesota Law School
    • BA, University of Wisconsin Madison

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    Courses Taught

    • ​Field Clinic Practice: Civil Rights​

​​Amanda Yarusso joined DePaul College of Law in 2018 to teach the Civil Rights Clinic. Yarusso has been practicing in Chicago as a plaintiff’s attorney in police misconduct civil litigation since 2003, when she was admitted to practice. She was directly involved in trials from her first year of practice and has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements for her clients. Yarusso has represented people who were falsely arrested and subject to baseless criminal charges and prosecutions, and she has represented people who were subjected to excessive force, sexual harassment/violence and other abuse by police officers. She is currently working on a number of police shooting cases in Chicago and nationwide. Yarusso has worked on cases against the infamous CPD Special Operations Section and officers involved in the Laquan McDonald murder cover-up.

When she is not litigating or teaching, Yarusso serves as chair of the local school council at her daughters’ elementary school in the Chicago Public School district. She has two amazing daughters, a number of four-legged critters and a thriving garden in the city. She grew up in rural Illinois and regularly visits her country home. Yarusso is constantly inspired and supported by the community of civil rights attorneys, friends, activists, clients and scholars that make lawyering bearable and meaningful.