Ami Hutchinson

Litigation Research Fellow
San Francisco, California

Ami joined Van Der Hout LLP in January 2019. As the Litigation & Research Fellow, Ami provides research and writing assistance to Van Der Hout attorneys through all stages of client representation. Prior to joining the firm, Ami worked as a Legal Researcher for a nonprofit organization in Cape Town, South Africa, and practiced at a small firm in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ami received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2017. As a law student, she served as a Student Director for the Detainee Rights Clinic, where she represented noncitizens in removal proceedings at the Bloomington, Minnesota Immigration Court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ami also provided research assistance for several professors, and served as a Student Advisor for the Law School's Human Rights Centre. During her 3L year she taught Legal Writing to incoming students and was elected Lead Articles Editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law.

Prior to law school Ami received her Bachelor's degree in African Studies and Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to Cape Town, she has lived and worked in Nairobi (Kenya) and Lyon (France), and has spent extensive time traveling throughout Africa, South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Ami is passionate about written and oral advocacy and hopes to pursue a career in appellate litigation.

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 2017


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. cum laude - 2017
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.S. - 2011
    • Major: African Studies and Geography

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Young Lawyer’s Association
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice