Amanda J. Doherty
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Fordham University
J.D., University of Maine School of Law

Amanda Doherty is a trial attorney at The Doherty Law Office, her Portland-based firm specializing in criminal defense work. Amanda represents primarily indigent individuals, appointed to her by the Court, in both State and Federal criminal cases, as well as State child protection cases.

Prior to opening The Doherty Law Office in April 2012, Amanda was a trial attorney at Strike, Goodwin & O'Brien. Amanda also served as an intern at that firm for two years during law school, and practiced as a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic as a 3L at Maine Law.

Amanda earned her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, where she was awarded the Judge Edward T. Gignoux Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. While at Maine Law, she was a regional finalist in the National Trial Competition, served as Co-Chair for the Moot Court Board, and was President of the Federalist Society Student Chapter of Maine. Amanda is also a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center, in New York City. There she received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science. At Fordham, Amanda was the Captain of her Mock Trial team, and was the recipient of the coveted Senior Leadership Award.

Amanda is admitted to practice before the United States District Court in Maine and all levels of Maine State courts. Amanda serves as Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association, Chair of the Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter of Maine, Legal Advisor to the My Sister’s Keeper Advisory Board (an organization helping incarcerated women transition back into society), Co-Chair of the Maine Red Mass Committee, and is the State Coordinator of the High School Mock Trial Competition (sponsored by the MSBA). Amanda is also currently a member of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Informed Women's Network.

Amanda teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy, which involves coaching the 3L Trial Team in preparation for the National Trial Competition.