Amalea graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow, a Florence Allen Scholar, and the recipient of the Ann Petluck Moses Memorial Prize for her work in the year-long Civil Rights Clinic. Following graduation, Amalea clerked for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein in the Eastern District of New York. During law school, Amalea was the Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Law and Social Change; the founder and co-chair of the Voting Justice Project; and served on the boards of the NYU Law ACLU and the Education Law and Policy Society. While in law school, Amalea interned at the Brennan Center for Justice, the ACLU National Prison Project, the Door, and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Amalea first came to The Bronx Defenders as the Assistant to the Executive Director and returned as an intern during law school. In addition to her law degree, Amalea has a Masters in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.