Angela has been practicing immigration law since 2004. Prior to opening Adams Immigration Law LLC in 2017, she served as Associate General Counsel for immigration at Indiana University for three years. At IU, she assisted students, faculty, physicians and staff on various immigration issues, including but not limited to PERM labor certification, National Interest Waivers, Conrad 30 waivers, EB-1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers, H-1B issues, naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and international student visa matters. Before joining IU, she was a partner in the immigration group at Lewis & Kappes in Indianapolis, where she practiced in all areas of immigration, including family-based and employment-based immigration, asylum, and deportation/removal defense.
Prior to law school, Angela served as an Education Consultant for the Indiana Department of Education, Division of Language Minority and Migrant Programs, where she assisted teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) across the state of Indiana for nearly 4 years. She also taught English in Saltillo, Coahila, Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish.
Angela earned a B.S. in SPEA Public Affairs-Management from Indiana University Bloomington and her J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Immigrant Welcome Center (past president), Mexican Scholarship Fund (chair), and Su Casa Columbus. She previously served on the Board of Directors for La Plaza and the Hispanic Education Center. She is co-founder of “META: Mapping Education Towards Achievement” Hispanic Post-Secondary Awareness Seminar at IUPUI.
Angela is past chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and was selected as the recipient of the 2015 AILA Advocacy Award in Washington, D.C. She serves on the Law Student Outreach Committee (chair) and the Healthcare Professionals/Physicians Committee for AILA National. A frequent speaker and writer on immigration, she has consulted on immigration policy in the Indiana General Assembly and on Capitol Hill. Angela served as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for “Bibles, Badges, and Business for Immigration Reform,” a project of the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C. She also served as co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to oppose parts of the Indiana immigration law. She was a driving force behind the Indiana Compact, a statement of principles to guide the immigration conversation, and also served on the Indiana Farm Bureau Policy Advisory Group. Angela has long been committed to the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented and DACA students in the state of Indiana.
In 2014, Angela was recognized by the Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund (ILSF) for her efforts to increase educational opportunities for immigrant students. Other honors and awards include: Indianapolis Business Journal “Forty Under 40” 2014 and “Women of Influence” 2013; United Way “Diversity Advocate Award” 2013; Lewis & Kappes “Great Year Award” 2012; Indiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in immigration 2009, 2010 and 2012; Indiana Lawyer “Up and Coming Lawyer Award” 2007; Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Series Class XXXVI; Mayor’s Commission on Latino Affairs 2004-2006.
Angela is a proud member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and NAFSA: Association for International Educators.
Co-Author: “Access to Postsecondary Education for Undocumented and DACAmented Students: The Current State of Affairs,” 25 Ind. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 1 (2015).
“Understanding Indiana’s Not So New Immigration Law,” Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation (IALF) Newsletter, January 2013.
“Social Security No-Match Letters: A Thing of the Past?” Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation (IALF) Newsletter, November 2012.
“Compliance with Form I-9 Requirements: What Every Employer Needs to Know,” Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation (IALF) Newsletter, September 2012.
“Relief for Immigrant Dreamers Soon to be a Reality,” Indiana Lawyer July 4, 2012.
“SEA 590: An Arizona-Style Invitation for Litigation,” Indiana Lawyer March 16, 2011.
“Advising DACA Students about Affording College,” National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), 2012. http://www.nasfaa.org/advocacy/perspectives/articles/Deferred_Action_for_Dreamers__Advising_DACA_Students_About_Affording_College.aspx.
“Law & Borders,” Interview with Angela Iza, Indianapolis Monthly November 2006 issue.
Co-author: “Higher Education for Undocumented Students: The Case for Open Admission and In-State Tuition Rates for Students without Lawful Immigration Status,” 15 Ind. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 257(2005).