Torchbearer: Amrutha Jindal. Indian-American
Torchbearer: Amrutha Jindal
Profession: Lawyer, Chief Public Defender
Organization: Operation Lone Star
"Find abundance in your opportunities. Do the best with the cards that you have - it helps you reframe how you approach your job and career. You do have control in making the best of what you’ve been handed.”
Amrutha always knew she wanted to be a lawyer and she put in the work to attend some of the world's best schools and finally became a corporate lawyer. After spending many years as a corporate lawyer in a top law firm she realized that it wasn’t the right path for her. After a lot of self-discovery and reflection she felt her true calling was to become a public lawyer.
"We were three women - two of us women of color - in a department that was exclusively run by white men. All it takes is a few key moments that sink within you to realize that you don’t belong.”
Now, for over 10 years, she has worked on the front lines as a public defender, representing individuals in state and federal courts. She is currently Chief Defender at Operation Loan Star where she advocates for individuals at the Texas/Mexico border who are impacted by the legal system.
Her dedication to her field has been noticed by her peers. She was awarded the 2023 Kutak-Dodds Defender prize for her contributions to the civil rights and criminal defense space.
On This Episode
In our podcast we talk about:
Being Nationally recognized as the Kutak-Dodds Defender of the year.
Finding peace and opportunities even when job offers don't work out
When she started noticing disparities and injustice
What lead her to be a lawyer
Not being satisfied in corporate law
How someone's accusations or legal history doesn't define them
Her career accomplishments