Emma Mahern was born and raised in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University in 2006 with her B.A. in Theatre and English. After college Emma became passionate about issues affecting immigrant communities which led her to spend two years living and working at a shelter for Spanish-speaking families in Chicago. She often found that families’ complex legal issues were major barriers to their success. This realization led her to pursue her law degree at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she graduated summa cum laude in May 2014.
While in law school Emma continued to pursue her passion for helping immigrants by volunteering with the Julian Center and Catholic Charities helping file applications for U-visas, DACA, and Naturalization. She was an intern with the Migrant Farmworker Law Center at Indiana Legal Services, and participated in both the Immigration Clinic and Health and Human Rights Clinic at school. She was selected as the first ever Health and Human Rights Fellow—which allowed her represent clients who were not paid their wages or who faced a loss of their unemployment. She also was an executive board member of the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, planning the 2013 symposium for the Review. For her work Emma was recognized as Outstanding Clinic Student for 2013 – 2014 and also received the Faculty Prize for outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service.
Emma joined Goodin Abernathy LLP in 2013 as a law clerk and became an associate attorney after her admission to the Indiana Bar in 2014. Fluent in Spanish, she has focused her work in serving our Spanish-speaking clients in a variety of cases, such as personal injury, worker’s compensation, recovery of unpaid wages, and immigration. She is admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana.
Emma and her husband, Eduardo, are proud residents of the Hawthorne Neighborhood on the near-west side of Indianapolis. In her free time she contributes to the community supporting projects such as construction of a pocket-park in her neighborhood on an abandoned property.