AILA Presents Angela Adams with the 2015 Advocacy Award

Advocacy Award

Saturday, June 20, 2015

George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Angela Adams, Associate General Counsel, Indiana University, with the 2015 Advocacy Award for outstanding efforts in support of AILA's legislative agenda. Ms. Adams will accept the award today during AILA's Annual Conference in National Harbor, MD. Ms. Adams was nominated by the AILA Indiana Chapter, of which she is a long-time member and former chapter chair. Ms. Adams is a successful immigration attorney and has devoted her career to enlightening her community about the beauty of immigration and the necessity of immigration reform.

Ms. Adams became associate general counsel for immigration at Indiana University last year. Her interest in the areas of immigration and education is a longstanding one: before law school, she took a job with the Indiana Department of Education in its division of Language Minority and Migrant programs, serving as an education consultant in which she trained teachers of English language learners. After her graduation from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 2004, she then went to work for the Indianapolis law firm of Lewis & Kappes, where she rose to become one of its partners, and during which time Ms. Adams consulted on immigration policy. She organized and led the "Indiana Compact," a statement of five principles to guide a reasonable and rational discussion of immigration in the state which nearly 4,000 people, including many leaders in business, education and politics, signed. She served as co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit challenging Indiana immigration law, which succeeded in permanently enjoining two sections of that law. She also served as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for "Bibles Badges and Business for Immigration Reform," a project of the National Immigration Forum.

For over 15 years she has worked on improving access to postsecondary education for immigrant students. In 2004, she led a successful effort to get state colleges to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students without legislation. When a state law took that away in 2011, she led a statewide effort to pass Senate Bill 207, allowing in-state tuition at Indiana universities for some undocumented students. Since then she has continued to lead efforts to allow in-state tuition for DACA students as well as increase private scholarship funds to help more kids go to college.

Ms. Adams has a long list of well-deserved accolades. In 2011 the IBJ recognized her as among "Women of Influence." The United Way of Central Indiana honored her with the "Diversity Advocate Award" in 2013. She was also honored as an Indiana Super Lawyer "Rising Star" in immigration 2009, 2010, and 2012, Indiana Lawyer "Up and Coming Lawyer Award" in 2007, and was a member of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Class XXXVI. To quote Ms. Adams, "I support immigration reform because it is the right thing to do for our country. Countries need workable policies to control the flow of immigration. The current system is antiquated and unworkable. I know of so many people and businesses whose growth has been stifled by the lack of legal immigration options, which in tum stifles our ability to grow as a nation."


The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 15062099.