Amanda G. Highlander for Board of Governors

Amanda G. Highlander

A Trusted Leader Continuing Her Commitment

In 2019, I was elected to the Board of Governors as an Under 37 Outside Cook County representative. When my current term ends, I will no longer be "Under 37," so I am seizing this opportunity to continue my services as the Area VIII representative!

I take my commitment to the ISBA seriously, as highlighted by the following and responsibilities and accomplishments:

  • Board of Governors Representative
  • Chair of Child Law Section Council
  • Member of Standing Committee on Scope & Correlation
  • Graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Academy Class
  • Assembly Member
  • Board Liaison to Family Law Section Council
  • Board Liaison General Practice Solo & Small Firm Section Council
  • Board Liaison to Standing Committee on Law Related Education for the Public
  • Law Ed Speaker & Moderator
  • Former Child Law Newsletter Editor
  • Illinois Bar Foundation Silver Fellow

I practice family law at the Law Office of Jamie Mitchell, LLC in Maryville, Illinois, where I assist my clients in restructuring their families through dissolution, modification, or adoption.

In addition to my ISBA work, I am active community member, serving and raising funds and awareness for local nonprofits.  I presently serve on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, am a founding member of 100+ Women Who Care from the 618, and the former President of the Board of Directors of the Metro East Humane Society. I have also been recognized as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

Having lived and practiced in Madison and St. Clair Counties for most of my life, I am dedicated to expanding and strengthening the ISBA’s involvement and relevance in the Metro East and downstate Illinois. I am proud of the strong and unique voice I bring from the 3rd and 20th Judicial Circuits.

I reside in Edwardsville with my husband and two young daughters who keep me remarkably busy and incredibly happy!

Issue Statement

I intend to continue my commitment to the ISBA and its Board of Governors by championing the organization’s dedication to the advancement of the legal profession and advocating for greater inclusion of young and downstate lawyers. I will continue to foster a direct route to participation for these members.

The ISBA is a statewide organization and should serve the needs of the entire state bar. Unfortunately, the needs of downstate attorneys have often been underrepresented and underserved. As your Area VIII Representative to the Board of Governors, I will continue my work on the Board to strengthen the focus on issues, events, and education that cater to downstate members.

My strategy for broadening inclusion and increasing involvement can be summed up in three words: Enroll. Enrich. Engage.

The information included is provided by the candidate and is not an ISBA endorsement.