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Amy E. Breihan has served as a staff attorney with the St. Louis office since its inception in 2016. Before joining the MacArthur Justice Center, Amy was a trial attorney with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. Amy has extensive trial, appellate, and mediation experience. She has prioritized public interest work throughout her career, representing pro bono clients in a variety of social justice matters, including proceedings under The Hague Convention.
Since 2012, Amy has been part of a team of lawyers helping to lead efforts to seek second-chance sentences for Missouri youth sentenced to die behind bars. For the last several years, she has both provided direct representation to those clients and worked for changes in the law to end juvenile life without parole sentences. She has played a pivotal part in state-wide litigation related to, among other things: inadequate treatment for inmates with chronic Hepatitis C; the parole revocation process that impacts thousands of Missouri parolees; Missouri’s chronically under-resourced and over-burdened public defender system; and parole consideration for individuals who were juveniles at the time of their offenses. In addition, she along with the rest of the St. Louis office have provided direct representation to individuals who have been arrested or retaliated against for exercising their First Amendment rights.
Amy is a 2010 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law (now the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law). While in law school, Amy served as a student attorney with the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, where she helped represent clients in post-conviction, actual innocence cases. She continues to support the mission of the Center on Wrongful Convictions as a member of its Justice Council. Amy is a proud alumna of Grinnell College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2006.