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Rebecca has devoted her career to understanding the interplay between the legal, educational, criminal, and mental health communities with a particular emphasis on how such interplay impacts children and families.  Over the years she has developed multi-agency initiatives, designed and provided trainings in conflict resolution and domestic violence, developed efficacy studies for child-focused programming, and has written published briefs on a variety of topics related to children and the law. Most importantly, by providing direct care as a therapeutic foster parent and as a school counselor, she has garnered an understanding of how various policy initiatives impact the daily lives of children and families.  Currently Rebecca focuses serving as a mediator, parenting coordinator, and guardian ad litem, but she accepts a variety of family law cases.


Publications and Presentations

  • Young Children and the Courts,  Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health, 2013
  • School Choice in Indiana: Sifting through the Rhetoric, The Center for Education and Evaluation Policy, 2011
  • INFOCUS Television Show, WTIU PBS, Panel Member discussing School Choice, 2011
  •  Indiana’s Future, Navigating New Demands & Directions, Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning, 2011
  •  Juvies, MTV – participated in documentary on juvenile detention
  • The Impact of Project Harmony, Florida State University, 1998



  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2018 - current
  • Illinois Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Board of Directors, 2017 - current
  • Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health, Board of Directors, 2016
  • Women Lawyers Association, President, 2015 - 2016
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2012 – current
  • Indiana Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, President, 2012 – 2014; Board of Directors, 2012 - current
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2016  
  • Chicago Bar Association, 2016 
  • Lake County Bar Association, 2015 - current
  • Porter County Bar Association, 2015 - current
  • Indiana State Bar Association, 2011 – current
  • Indiana Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, 2013 - 2014
  • Monroe County Bar Association, 2011 – 2013
  • United Way of Monroe County, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2013
  • Bloomington First United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees, 2012 – 2013
  • Monroe County Circuit Court VII, Law Clerk to Hon. Steven Galvin, 2009 – 2010
  • Americorps, Site Supervisor for the Indiana Mentor Corps
  • Porter-Starke Community Mental Health, Behavioral Technician
  • Purdue North Central,  Continuing Lecturer


  • Domestic Relations Mediatior
  • Licensed Attorney  State of Indiana
  • Licensed Attorney State of Illinois
  • Collaborative Law Professional 
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Therapeutic Foster Parent, 2002 – 2011
  • Licensed School Counselor, 2003 – 2013


  • Indiana Maurer School of Law in Bloomington – Juris Doctorate
  • Purdue University – Master of Science Counseling
  • Florida State University – Bachelor of Science in Criminology with Minors in Public Administration, and Juvenile Justice
  • Andrean High School