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Amy Bergquist


Amy Bergquist is a Staff Attorney in the International Justice Program of The Advocates for Human Rights. Amy coordinates The Advocates' advocacy at the United Nations and regional human rights bodies. Her substantive areas of focus include LGBTI rights and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, rights of minorities and non-citizens, and the death penalty. She also collaborates with diaspora communities seeking to be more effective advocates for human rights in their country of origin or ancestry, and coordinates pro bono legal assistance to support non-governmental organizations based in Africa that work on human rights and rule of law issues.

Amy received her law degree summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007 and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a degree in Political Science. She is admitted to practice before Minnesota state and federal courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining The Advocates, Amy clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable John R. Tunheim, District Judge of the District of Minnesota. Amy also worked as an Associate at the law firm of Faegre & Benson, LLP in Minneapolis. Before attending law school, Amy worked for eleven years at Minneapolis South High School, where she taught social studies and Russian and coached debate and speech.

Amy is a Commissioner on the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights. She is also member of the Minnesota Judicial Branch's Committee for Equality and Justice, where she co-chairs the Access to Justice Subcommittee. She serves on the Board of Advisors of the University of Minnesota Law School.


Diaspora Speaks for Deliberately Silenced Oromos: Ethiopian Government Responds to UN Review, The Advocates Post, May 20, 2014.

"Little Oromia" Unites to Advocate for Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia, The Advocates Post, May 8, 2014.

Ethiopian Government Faces Grilling at UN, The Advocates Post, May 6, 2014.

Oromo Diaspora Mobilizes to Shine Spotlight on Student Protests in Ethiopia, The Advocates Post, May 5, 2014.

Lives on the Line: Will Supreme Court Hold U.S. Accountable for the Death Penalty? The Advocates Post, Apr. 3, 2014.

Live from Geneva! It's Crunch Time for the UN's Examination of the U.S. Human Rights Record, The Advocates Post, Mar. 10, 2014.

Moving Forward: Four Steps and Six Strategies for Promoting LGBTI Rights Around the World, The Advocates Post, Feb. 25, 2014.

The Wild East: Vigilante Violence against LGBTI Russians, The Advocates Post, Feb. 21, 2014.

Locking the Iron Closet: Russia’s Propaganda Law Isolates Vulnerable LGBTI Youth, The Advocates Post, Feb. 20, 2014.

Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law: How U.S. Extremists are Fueling the Fight Against LGBTI Rights, The Advocates Post, Feb. 18, 2014.

Out in the Cold: LGBT Visibility at Olympics Key to Ending Homophobia, The Advocates Post, Feb. 14, 2014.

The Advocates for Human Rights, Paving Pathways for Justice & Accountability: Human Rights Tools for Diaspora Communities, Jan. 2014.

"Look at the details of Eric Ohena Lembembe's life and you will understand why he died," The Advocates Post, Sept. 23, 2013.

Letter from Liberia, The Advocates Post, Feb. 13, 2013.

Voter ID: Like Pulling on a Thread, Commentary, Star Tribune, Oct. 25, 2012.

Voter Restriction: More Than Meets the Eye, The Advocates Post, Aug. 31, 2012.

This Man Shouldn’t Get the Last Word on Gay Marriage, Commentary, Star Tribune, Aug. 22, 2012.

Jennifer Prestholdt & Amy Bergquist, Justice Delayed May Be Justice Denied for Minnesota Cambodians, MinnPost, Mar. 27, 2012.

James A. O’Neal & Amy Bergquist, Minnesota chapter of A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions (Marcy Hogan Greer, ed. 2010).

Lisa Stratton & Amy Bergquist, The Contours of National Origin Discrimination Under Federal Law, in National Employment Lawyers Association 18th Annual Convention Manual (June 2007).

David Weissbrodt & Amy Bergquist, Methods of the War on Terror, 16 Minnesota Journal of International Law 371 (2007).

David Weissbrodt & Amy Bergquist, Extraordinary Rendition and the Humanitarian Law of War and Occupation, 47 Virginia Journal of International Law 295 (2007).

David Weissbrodt & Amy Bergquist, Extraordinary Rendition and the Torture Convention, 46 Virginia Journal of International Law 585 (2006).

David Weissbrodt & Amy Bergquist, Extraordinary Rendition: A Human Rights Analysis, 19 Harvard Human Rights Journal 123 (2006).

Note, Pharmacist Refusals: Dispensing (With) Religious Accommodation Under Title VII, 90 Minnesota Law Review 1073 (2006).