Abigail Lawlis Kuzma
Director and Chief Counsel
Indiana Office of Attorney General, Indianapolis
Abigail Lawlis Kuzma received a BA from the University of Wisconsin and J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. Ms. Kuzma is currently the Director and Chief Counsel of Consumer Protection of the Indiana Attorney General’s office. She was Articles Editor of the Indiana Law Journal from 1980-1981. She was co-founder of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and has served as Executive Director from January 1994 to April 2009. Before serving with the NCLC, Ms. Kuzma was a subcommittee Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, and prior to that, Legislative Assistant for Senator Richard G. Lugar. She has published three articles: Faith Based Providers Partnering With Government: Opportunity or Temptation, 42 JOURNAL OF CHURCH AND STATE 37 (2000), The Legislative Response to Infant Doe. 59 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 377 (1983), and Note: Hospice: The Legal Ramifications of a Place to Die, 56 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 673 (1980). In September 2003, Ms. Kuzma discussed Funding Faith at the Butler University Seminar on Religion and World Civilization, and in July 2001, Ms. Kuzma was a guest of the Massachusetts School of Law television program, “A Question of Law,” along with Ira Lupu Lyle Denniston and Connie Rudnick and discussed the topic Separation of Church and State. She has also presented in a number of Continuing Legal Education seminars, including Immigrants in Crisis: Human Trafficking, VAWA and U Visa and Religion and the Constitution. Ms. Kuzma was awarded the Indiana Bar Foundation Pro Bono Publico Award in 1998, the 2002 Indiana State Bar Association Women in the Law Achievement Award, the Christian Legal Society’s Christian Legal Aid Staff Member award in 2004, the Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award in 2005, the Indiana University School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2006, and the Indianapolis Bar Association Antoinette Dakin Leach Award in 2008. Ms. Kuzma is a member of the Heartland Pro Bono Council Board of Directors and the Indiana Bar Association Pro Bono Committee. Ms. Kuzma is the mother of four children and resides with her husband, Ben, in Indianapolis, Indiana.