Amelia Craig Cramer currently serves as the Chief Deputy Pima County Attorney in Tucson, Arizona, an appointed position she has held since 2006. In that capacity, she supervises more than 100 attorneys who prosecute criminal cases on behalf of the state and handle civil legal matters, including litigation, on behalf of the county government.
She began her legal career as an associate at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler in Washington, D.C., where she represented newspapers and broadcast stations in First Amendment litigation. She then spent five years at the law firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco handling commercial litigation matters and auditor malpractice defense. Ms. Cramer also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley where she taught legal research and oral argument. She left private practice to join the non-profit world in 1993. Ms. Cramer served as Managing Attorney for the Western Regional Office of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in Los Angeles, and later as Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in Boston where she handled test cases involving the civil rights of LGBT individuals and people with HIV/AIDS. She was also Of Counsel to the law firm of Brown & Bain (now Perkins Coie Brown & Bain) where she handled a variety of commercial litigation matters.