Angela Adams, Owner/Managing Attorney
Having practiced since 2004 as Associate of Lewis & Kappes for seven (7) years, Equity Partner of Lewis & Kappes for two (2) years, and Associate General Counsel for immigration at Indiana University (IU) for three (3) years, Angela’s experience with both family and employment based immigration is extensive. Furthermore, she has personally petitioned for family, helped various good friends navigate our immigration system, and therefore understands the practical and emotional difficulties involved in family-based immigration cases—all of which positions her uniquely to own, operate, and manage Adams Immigration Law, LLC.
As a native Hoosier who grew up in Carmel, Indiana, Angela explains how her duty and purpose connect in practicing immigration law: “People used to ask me all of the time: why can’t undocumented immigrants just get legal? Because this question came up time and time again in my role as an Education Consultant for the Indiana Department of Education, I was resolved to finding answers and therefore became an attorney and found duty and purpose in educating employers, universities, immigrants, and the collective community on how the immigration system actually operates. With my understanding of immigration law and background in education, government, internal corporate structure, human resources, and international services, I seek to serve this great community and work as a bridge between employers, legislators, special interest groups, and immigrants.”
Prior to attending 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 four (4) years. Angela also taught English abroad in Saltillo, Coahila, Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish.
As a frequently requested speaker and writer on various immigration issues, Angela has consulted on immigration policy in the Indiana General Assembly and in Washington, D.C. In addition, 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. Moreover, 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 and recently advised lawmakers on professional licensing for DACA recipients. In 2014, Angela was recognized by the Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund (ILSF) for her efforts to increase educational opportunities for immigrant students.
- B.S. in SPEA Public Affairs-Management from Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana
- J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Indianapolis, Indiana
Pro-Bono Leadership Positions and Achievements
- Board Member and Past President of the Immigrant Welcome Center
- Board Member for Su Casa Columbus
- Board Member and Past Chair of Mexican Scholarship Fund
- Board Member of La Plaza
- Board Member of the Hispanic Education Center
- Co-founder of “META: Mapping Education Towards Achievement” Hispanic Post-Secondary Awareness Seminar at IUPUI
- Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- Chair of Law Student Outreach Committee for AILA National
- Member of the Healthcare Professionals/Physicians Committee for AILA National
- Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Series Class XXXVI
- Mayor’s Commission on Latino Affairs for Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson
- Recipient of the AILA Advocacy Award in Washington, D.C. (2015)
- Indianapolis Business Journal “Forty Under 40” Honor (2014)
- “Women of Influence” Award (2013)
- United Way “Diversity Advocate Award” (2013)
- Lewis & Kappes “Great Year Award” (2012)
- Indiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Honor in immigration (2009) (2010) (2012)
- Indiana Lawyer “Up and Coming Lawyer” Honor (2007)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
- Association for International Educators (NAFSA)
- Opinion: “DACA: Why All the Hype?”, Current in Carmel, September 2017.
- “Advising Dreamers on Paying for College: What Has Changed and What Hasn’t,” National Association of Student Financial Aid Advisors (NASFAA), https://www.nasfaa.org/newsitem/Advising_Dreamers_on_Paying_for_College_What_Has_Changed_and_What_Hasn_t_Since_2012
- 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).