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Amanda Yarusso

  • AYARUSSO@depaul.edu
  • Adjunct Instructor - Civil Rights Clinic
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  • Clinical
  • 773-510-6198

​​Amanda Yarusso joined DePaul College of Law in teaching the Civil Rights Clinic in 2018. Amanda has been practicing in Chicago as a plaintiff’s attorney in police misconduct civil litigation since 2003, when she was admitted to practice. Amanda was directly involved in trials from her first year of practice and has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements for her clients. Amanda has represented people who were falsely arrested and subject to baseless criminal charges and prosecutions. 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 here in Chicago and nationwide. Amanda 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, Amanda also 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. Amanda grew up in rural Illinois and regularly visits her country home. Amanda is constantly inspired and supported by the community of civil rights attorneys, friends, activists, clients, and scholars that make lawyering bearable and meaningful. 

​​​Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude

University of W​​isconsin-Madison, B.A., Italian and Women’s Studies