Experience

After graduating law school and passing the bar, DawnMarie began working with a modest means clinic as a Staff Attorney in the Family Law Section.  She started her private practice with a focus on Criminal Defense and Family Law.  She is also an adjunct instructor teaching Civil Procedure and other courses at a small, private college in Indianapolis, Indiana.

As a law student, DawnMarie had four internships and several pro bono (or volunteer) experiences.  During her first summer in law school, DawnMarie was an intern for both the Legal Aid Society of Evansville, Indiana and the Volunteer Lawyer Program for Southwestern Indiana.  Her internship with Legal Aid provided her with a basic knowledge and hands-on experience with family law, divorce, paternity, and custody issues.  The Volunteer Lawyer Program gave her an overview of the laws in Indiana when she updated the training manual for Talk to a Lawyer Events.

During her second and third years of law school, she participated in three semesters of the Criminal Defense Clinic, became a Student Member of the Legal Defense Team on a Federal Death Row case, became a Certified Legal Intern with Legal Aid, and was an intern with the Marion County Public Defender’s Agency’s Conflict Panel.  The clinic provides opportunities for law students to handle cases as if they were attorneys with appropriate supervision.  During her time with the Criminal Defense Clinic, DawnMarie won two bench trials.  Both trials were for D Felony charges.  One was an alleged identity theft crime and the other was an alleged theft crime.

As a Student Member of the Legal Defense Team for a Federal Death Row case, DawnMarie visited Federal Death Row in Terre Haute, Indiana numerous times.  She conducted legal interviews regarding her client’s treatment in prison and mitigation evidence for his appeal.

During her second summer of law school, DawnMarie was an intern with the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project in North Carolina.  As an intern with the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project, DawnMarie worked on a death penalty case in the trial stage in Mississippi.  DawnMarie collected mitigation evidence in Mississippi.  She also conducted research and prepared a brief regarding jury selection.

DawnMarie’s wealth of experience during law school prepared her for her work as an attorney.  Not only did she learn valuable lessons about law, she also observed several different styles of handling cases.  DawnMarie has taken different aspects of all of her mentors’ styles to create her unique style.  This allows her to be aggressive in fighting for her clients, compassionate towards her clients’ situations, and understanding of her clients’ needs.

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