Ms. Amert maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included a range of civil, criminal and counseling matters. Most significantly, Ms. Amert led a team that assisted a family trafficked into the U.S. illegally in a variety of civil matters, including normalizing their immigration status. Ms. Amert also led a team that obtained a favorable plea deal for a young man charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. That matter was referred to Ms. Amert by the non-profit behind the documentary “The Interrupters,” which featured the young man.
Ms. Amert is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Debate Commission (the “CDC”), whose mission is to advance the academic achievement and life success of Chicago’s urban youth through academic debate. The CDC operates the Chicago Debate League in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, and provides curricular debate programming to them as well. She also serves on the board of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago, one of the first organizations in the United States to provide legal services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
Ms. Amert is a member of the firm’s Women’s Forum, and co-chaired its inaugural Women’s Empowerment Series in partnership with Grant Thornton.
Ms. Amert was selected as a fellow of the 2012 class of Leadership Greater Chicago, a 30-year-old non-profit organization that cultivates Chicago’s business, public and civic leaders through a deeper understanding of the issues facing the Chicago community.