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Amanda Hubbard

amanda_optMs. Hubbard joined the Law Office of Jocelyn C Stewart, Corp. as our in-house dedicated defense investigator in September 2017.  

Ms. Stewart poached Amanda from the Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) Public Defender’s Office. Prior to the Public Defender’s Office, Amanda worked for the county medical examiner’s office as a medicolegal investigator and gained experience on death investigations including coordinating collection of field data and preservation of evidence.  

As a prior paralegal and reserve police officer with a degree in criminal justice, Ms. Hubbard’s presence at the firm brings a wealth of knowledge and diverse experience to our team. She also is pursuing her master’s in criminal justice.

In her recent past, Amanda has honed invaluable skills in the area of online and social media investigations. Her expertise has been nationally recognized, and she has been chosen to present to other defense investigators at numerous conference trainings, including the National Defense Investigator’s Association. With so many of the firm’s cases having social media implications, Amanda’s addition to the firm as a dedicated investigator is proving critical to our successes, especially in the cases where we become involved early.

Importantly, Ms. Hubbard brings a team approach to investigations. Collaborating alongside the attorneys, our team focus helps ensure that all investigative leads are pursued and exhausted. Her relentless pursuit of solving each puzzle makes her the perfect fit for the firm’s singular focus and dedication.

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EXPERIENCE

05.2016 – present

Licensed Private Investigator (20172100206565)

Scout Investigative Service LLC (20172100206539), Fairview Park, Ohio

  • Online open source investigations
  • Social media preservation and authentication
  • Social media mining
  • Ediscovery
  • Process service
  • Criminal/civil defense investigations
  • Mitigation investigation

04.2014 – 08.2017

Criminal Defense Investigator

Cuyahoga County Public Defender, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Conduct independent investigations related to felony cases
  • Online open source information gathering
  • Social Media investigations
  • Identify, locate, and interview witnesses
  • Gather, mark, record, and preserve evidence
  • Confer with Public Defenders
  • Work with public agencies, police, attorneys, judges, and other
  • professionals who may be relevant to legal defense
  • Serve subpoenas and legal process
  • Generate written reports upon completion of the fact-finding process
  • Review police dispatch and jail call recordings
  • Search computer resources, including TLO, Lexis Nexis, Lexis
  • Advance, as well as, online public resources
  • Examine and select relevant medical and pharmaceutical records
  • Visit, examine, diagram, photograph crime scenes
  • Prepare demonstrative evidence for use in court, such as, diagrams,
  • charts, photographs, and computer presentations
  • Lead investigator on Innocence Project cases
  • Lead investigator on the Michael Madison (579539), capital case

06.2008 – 09.2008

Medicolegal Investigator

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Conducted death investigations on an on call basis for county Medical Examiner (ME)
  • Responded quickly to traumatic and/or disturbing death scenes and conducted examination of decedent, pronouncing death and securing decedent and property on their person
  • Coordinated field data collection, preserved evidence at scene, acquired and compiled pertinent medical history
  • Photographically documented death scenes
  • Performed data entry, and generated reports
  • Wrote complete, accurate and comprehensive statement of
  • investigations
  • Provided timely communication of pertinent case information to
  • OCME staff, autopsy personnel, law enforcement and decedent next
  • of kin, as appropriate
  • Facilitated transportation of remains to designated ME facility
  • Performed additional tasks as requested by supervisor

01.2008 – 06.2008

Medicolegal Investigator Intern

Stark County Coroner, Canton, Ohio
Assisted Coroner and Chief Investigator during autopsies, evidence recovery, blood and bodily fluid preservation, internal/external examinations, scene investigations and report writing and documentation.

08.2007 – 06.2008

Capital Crimes Paralegal

Ohio Attorney General, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Specialized in Corrections Litigation for Capital Crimes, Habeas Corpus, and section 1983 cases
  • Prepared procedural histories, briefs, joint appendices, and case summaries
  • Performed research using Lexis Nexis, OHLEG, and other internet sources
  • Performed investigations for new cases and clemency hearings
  • Maintained case organization through discovery process
  • Trial preparation

12.2005 – 06.2006

Reserve Police Officer

Stow Police Department, Stow, Ohio

  • Performed routine auxiliary tasks, to include vacation checks, lockouts, and back up for commissioned police officers
  • LEADS certified
  • CPR & First Aid certified
  • Firearms trained

01.2001 – 06.2001

U.S. Marshals Service Intern

U.S. Marshals Service, Cleveland, Ohio

Assigned to Investigations

EDUCATION

2008 – present – Kent State University, M.A. Criminal Justice, Global Security

01.2003 – 08.2003 Kent State University, B.A. Criminal Justice

08.1996 – 12.2001 Akron University, B.A. Sociology/ Law Enforcement
• NCAA Division I Basketball Full Scholarship Athlete

CERTIFICATES

CSMIE- Board Certified Social Media Intelligence Expert, McAfee Institute

CONFERENCES

04.2017 – NDIA (National Defender Investigator Association) National Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Presenter/ Social Media Investigations)

06.2017 – Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference, Myrtle Beach,SC (Presenter/ Social Media Investigations)

09.2017 – NDIA (National Defender Investigator Association) Regional Conference, New Orleans, LA (Presenter/ Social Media Investigations)

09.2017 – Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference, San Antonio, TX (Presenter/ Social Media Investigations)

SKILLS

      • Critical thinking and problem solving
      • Communication and interviewing
      • Technological skills and knowledge
      • Research and writing
      • Knowledge of the law and legal proceedings
      • High physical and mental fitness levels and stress endurance standards
      • Case management and organization
      • Presentations
      • 20 hour OPOTA Private Security Firearms Certification

Our Practice Areas

Being a former service member herself and working exclusively on military cases, Ms. Stewart has amassed experience to help in the following areas of the UCMJ:

What Our Clients Say

When faced with the decision of hiring a UCMJ specialist, Ms. Stewart’s former clients explain all that is necessary about her commitment to their case and her expertise in handling the toughest legal battles. Learn more about her unique abilities in the words of her clients, peers, and military judges.