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Amanda Laub was raised in Sacramento, California. After high school, Amanda decided to follow her deep passion for helping those in need by pursuing a degree in psychology. In following her passion, Amanda attended the University of California, Davis, where she served as the President of Psi Chi, also known as the International Honor Society in Psychology, and interned at the U.C. Davis Carter Lab, focusing on fMRI research concerning schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Amanda ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from U.C. Davis in 2014.
While attending U.C. Davis, Amanda spent her breaks from school interning at her uncles’ law offices. The law fascinated Amanda, and, through her internship, she quickly recognized her desire to enter the legal profession. For Amanda, the law was the perfect way to merge her passion for helping others and her strong problem-solving capabilities. Thus, immediately after receiving her undergraduate degree, Amanda applied to a Las Vegas-based law firm, specializing in personal injury.
In her first paid legal position, Amanda thrived as she managed the claims department and communicated with clients. From this experience, Amanda realized that her compassion for clients and her ability to empathize gave her an edge—making her an outstanding advocate. With this realization as her motivation, Amanda applied to—and was accepted by—UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law.
Throughout her first year at Boyd Law, and influenced by her psychology degree, Amanda took note of the incredible amount of stress that both law students and attorneys cope with daily. Driven by her desire to help others, her passion for psychology, and her innate need to solve problems, Amanda researched how stress influences the brain’s biology, as well as stress symptomatology in student and attorney performance. With her research findings, Amanda spearheaded Boyd Law’s mindfulness movement, creating programming to help students achieve optimal success through mental wellness. Amanda continues to teach classes to attorneys, where she explains how stress negatively affects brain chemistry and how exercise, combined with mindfulness, can reverse those effects and, in turn, make them more effective advocates. Of course, Amanda applies these principles to her own legal practice as well.
Amanda further contributed to Boyd Law School by serving as a Student Bar Association class representative, as President of the Nevada Justice Association: Student Chapter, and as a member of Boyd’s Wellness Committee. Finally, as a Boyd Law student, Amanda co-founded the Nevada Justice Association Mock Trial Competition. This endeavor not only demonstrates Amanda’s dedication to becoming an excellent trial attorney, but also shows her commitment to bettering Nevada’s legal community. Through this competition, students now have the rare opportunity to practice their advocacy abilities in a trial setting before leaving law school.
Amanda began working for Claggett & Sykes Law Firm in her final year of law school. Then, upon graduating law school and passing the bar exam, Claggett & Sykes Law Firm hired her as an attorney. As a Claggett & Sykes attorney, Amanda looks forward to combining her passion for helping others and her love of the law with each new case