Practice Areas

University and Other Students 

Amelia represents college students in all types of student conduct proceedings, utilizing experience that she gained as a staff member of the Indiana University Office of Student Ethics before starting her law practice. 

Amelia has assisted students at I.U. and other colleges in student conduct proceedings involving:

  • Alcohol-related charges, such underage possession and consumption; operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI); and public intoxication
  • Drug possession, use, or distribution
  • Sexual assault (Title IX)
  • Fighting, assault, or breach of peace
  • Academic misconduct
  • Mental health issues.

As a student at Indiana University, you are entitled to have an attorney or other advisor with you throughout the student conduct process.

Amelia has helped Indiana University students with other issues such as in-state residency and the Office of Disability Services for Students. She also represents high-school students in suspension, expulsion, and other disciplinary proceedings.

Criminal Law

It can be scary and overwhelming when you or a family member are charged with a crime.  Amelia is experienced in helping defendants through the entire criminal justice process, including:

  • Assisting defendants in seeking treatment for substance abuse or mental health issues
  • Negotiating a fair and reasonable plea deal
  • Enrolling in pretrial diversion program
  • Representing defendants in front of a jury

Amelia has represented defendants in a wide variety of criminal cases in Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Decatur, and Greene counties, including:

  • Murder
  • Auto theft
  • Operating while intoxicated
  • Operating while intoxicated causing death
  • Drug possession and use
  • Battery
  • Resisting arrest
  • Intimidation
  • Sexual assault
  • Breaking and entering/residential entry
  • Expungement of criminal records

University Faculty and Staff 

Amelia assists I.U. faculty and staff in investigations and administrative matters, including Faculty Board of Review proceedings; appeals to the Vice-Provost’s Office; and discussions over the terms of separation from the University.

She has also represented both claimants and schools in connection with U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, complaints, as well as requests for educational records and similar issues.

Family Law 

Finding yourself in a divorce (dissolution), paternity, guardianship, or other legal situation involving your family can be overwhelming. Amelia represents parties at all stages of these cases, including those considering a possible future separation or divorce. She understands the need to represent parties to these sensitive cases effectively, swiftly, and compassionately, with particular consideration for the needs of any children involved.

Protective Orders 

Amelia has fought for the rights of both petitioners and respondents in civil protection order (sometimes called “protective order”) proceedings, whether they arise out of incidents or allegations of stalking; family or relationship violence; or sexual assault. Her services include helping clients draft and file, or respond to, petitions for protection orders; conducting discovery where useful; negotiating agreements to resolve cases before a hearing when appropriate; and vigorously arguing her clients’ causes in court when agreed resolution can’t be reached.