HeadshotAmara Chaudry-Kravitz

Criminal Defense & Civil Rights

On the criminal side, Amara has held public defender positions in Montgomery County, PA; Chester County, PA; and Charleston, WV, and has handled federal criminal matters in both PA & WV. Since 2002, she has represented both juveniles and adults, at every level of proceeding, including both jury trials and appeals. On the civil rights side, Amara has served as legal director for two different civil rights practices for nonprofit legal services organizations:  the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Mazzoni Center,                                                        a Philadelphia-based LGBT  services organization. Amara is a graduate of Washington & Lee Univ. School of Law and the Univ. of Virginia. She also clerked for the Honorable Lawrence L. Koontz of the Supreme Court of VA (Summer 1999).

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Recent & Upcoming Events

  • Thu

    "Fighting Words": Free Speech in the 21st Century

    6:30 pmMoore College of Art & Design

    Principal planner of 2016 ACLU-Philadelphia Annual Meeting.

    Also moderating a "roundtable" panel discussion which will explore, question, and challenge the extent to which the First Amendment guarantee of "free speech" can, and should, apply to "hate speech."  Questions will focus upon examples of "hate speech" which have arisen in the public discourse over the past year.

  • Wed

    Calling a Terrorist a "Terrorist" (article)

    Publication Date

    This article appears in the April 2016 edition of Upon Further Review, an online publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Full title:  "Calling a Terrorist a 'Terrorist':  Why Philadelphia's Cop-Shooting Jihadist Should Be Prosecuted Under PA's Criminal 'Terrorism' Statute (Instead of Waiting on the Feds)"

  • Thu

    "My Speech is Better Than Your Speech"

    TBDFree Library of Northampton Township

    Part of the "Civics for Grownups" curriculum which I am planning on behalf of the ACLU-Phila. and in partnership with the Free Library of Northampton Twp.  At time of this posting, my co-presenter is TBD.

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