Andrew U. D. Straw

1900 E. Golf Rd., Suite 950A

Schaumburg, IL 60173

T 312-985-7333   F 877-310-9097


Indiana attorney and disability rights lawyer and advocate.  Have provided negotiations for plaintiffs.  Law practice has included clients sexually harassed at work, people with disabilities, tort victims, immigrants/refugees, and small, medium, and large businesses across the US. Worked on projects & contracts at Library of Congress, Library of Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, the Council for Excellence in Government in Washington, D.C., and state, federal, and local governments.  Passion: accessible parking and sidewalks.


Found “qualified” to be General Counsel of U.S. Access Board in 2014.  U.S. Access Board develops access standards for the U.S. DOJ and other agencies to enforce.


Advised clients on both federal and state criminal law.  Worked with ESRI and other software companies on a pilot project for court records automation, and was on the Virginia State Bar Task Force on Technology.  Proposed e-filing system for Virginia in 1999-2000.  Provided statistical analysis for all 400+ Indiana trial courts’ case data, and edited the annual report of the Indiana Judicial Branch.


Andrew U. D. Straw, Esq.

Disability Rights Lawyer and Advocate.   3/2010 -

Negotiated settlements in employment law and disability rights cases.

Drafted legislation and advised a state representative candidate on election law.

Drafted the first Indiana local air pollution control ordinance.

Successfully achieved largest public records request in Indiana history.  Consulted Indiana Public Access Counselor.

Opposed sexual harassment at South Bend Housing Authority, and other civil rights claims.   HUD labeled it a "troubled" agency.

Pursuing parking lot and entrance disability access in businesses, local government, schools, the post office, and the local Chamber of Commerce in Streamwood, Illinois.  Village found about 150 parking spaces for disabled people were missing.

Advised 2014 Indiana judge candidate on election law.

Indiana Center for Excellence in Government

President & Director.  11/2010 -

Manage government reform program, including government sensitivity to disabilities, transparency, accessibility, accountability, and efficiency projects.

Conducted study of trace lithium concentrations in drinking water to determine whether there was enough to prevent violent crime, drug use, and suicides.  Chicago has only 5% of what it needs, NYC 0%.

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Research Assistant, Social Media Analyst.  3/2006 - 2/2010

Researched critical literacy education in New Zealand.

Advised head of university’s marketing on Facebook page.

SGL Global, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Corporate compliance translator.  2007
Translated hundreds of pages of corporate financial documents from Italian into English to facilitate major criminal investigation audit.

Anja Klinkert Lawyers, Dunedin, New Zealand

Legal Researcher.  2005-2007

Researched family law, human rights, senior law, and disability law part-time.

Research on New Zealand disability and human rights laws helped win a divorce property case for a mentally disabled client.


Medlicotts Barristers and Solicitors, Dunedin, New Zealand

Legal Researcher for former University of Otago Chancellor.  2005

Researched legal theory for family law cases in New Zealand.

Analyzed corporate documents and determined existence of assets for property to be divided.

Indiana University-Maurer School of Law

Assistant Dean for International Programs.   2/2003 - 5/2003

Provided support and leadership to international graduate students in the Law School's international legal studies program.

Advised on academic, bar exam, cultural, immigration (SEVIS), and disability/medical advice to international lawyers and judges.

Indiana Supreme Court

Statistical Analyst.  8/2000 - 7/2002

Analyzed the case load data of all 400+ Indiana trial courts and wrote statewide Annual Service Report of the judicial branch.  Wrote articles for the state court administration newsletter.

Advocated for and obtained software for a vision-impaired trial judge.  Justice Sullivan approved request.  Managed provision of email to all trial judges in State of Indiana.

Consulted hearing-impaired community for a statewide trial court transcript pilot project.

Planned new format of Indiana Supreme Court webpage, especially attorney section and user-focused design site-wide.

Alan M. Voorhees, Woodbridge, VA

Corporate Counsel to famous transportation planner.  8/1998 - 8/2000

Advocated to Virginia Supreme Court, state legislative committees, as well as individual court clerks and legislators on court records reform.

Served on Virginia State Bar Task Force on Technology and co- chaired Education of Bench & Bar subcommittee.

Clerked for Hon. Joseph E. Spruill, Jr., past president of the Virginia State Bar, on civil cases and researched Virginia death penalty law for a triple murder trial.

Received leadership training from the Council for Excellence in Government in Washington, which Voorhees initiated in the 1980s.

Corporate work for Autometric (aerospace/satellite-protects all US air traffic), Lizardtech, Cinecom, International Land Systems, Sylvan Internet, Richmond County clerk.

Voorhees was a board member of Delta Airlines, Chase Bank, and Boeing, and an angel investor for other small high tech companies.

Provided counsel on projects at the Library of Congress, the Library of Virginia, and the Virginia Historical Society.

Provided advice and counsel regarding millions in donations to Voorhees College (Historically Black College) and the University of Virginia.

Indiana University-Maurer School of Law

Legal Researcher.   9/1996 - 12/1997

Researched administrative, constitutional, disability, and globalization law for Dean Aman's textbook supplement and treatise.

McConnell for Congress, Princeton, IN

Internet Director.  1/1996 - 5/1996

Created and maintained web site for U.S. House campaign.

Wrote Internet press releases and canvassed for candidate in Bloomington and Evansville.

Italian Foreign Ministry, Bologna, Italy

Communications System Adviser.  12/1995 – 1/1996

Wrote educational software and instructions to teach Foreign Ministry telecommunications officers.

Options for Better Living, Bloomington, IN

Assistant Manager.  9/1992 - 8/1993

Planned and implemented daily activities and personal care for disabled adults in a group home.

Assisted multidisciplinary team, including health practitioners and psychologists.

Advocated for residents' rights to participate in community activities as per the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Oaklawn Mental Hospital, Goshen, IN

Nurse's Aide.  1989

Assisted in care of patients with mental disabilities, including veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and patients with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and eating disorders.


Association for the Disabled of Elkhart County, Elkhart, IN

Supervisor.  5/1988 – 8/1988

Managed work for teens with mental and physical disabilities.


University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Graduate studies: NZ Bioethics & Health Law, 2004.  GPA: 3.2

Indiana University-Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

J.D. - 12/1997.  Dean's List, Fall 1997.  GPA: 3.2

Concentrated on administrative and political law and worked as the Dean's research assistant. Highest mark in class in Negotiations.  A grade in Political Law and A grade in Globalization Law Seminar.

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

Master's Degree - 12/1995.  GPA: 3.77

Language Education (ESL/ EFL).

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

Bachelor's Degree - 5/1992.  GPA: 3.2

Majors: English and Philosophy.  Minor: Political Science.

Originally matriculated as a National Merit Scholar in the Hutton Honors School to study biochemistry and genetics in the department of one the discoverers of DNA.


Indiana bar: admitted 2002.

Virginia State Bar: Associate (Inactive) in Good Standing.  Admitted in 1999.

Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals: admitted 1999.

Northern & Southern U.S. District Courts of Indiana:
admitted 2002.

U.S. District Court for the N. District of Illinois: admitted 2013.

Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter, 2015-

St. Joseph County, Indiana, Bar Association: Member 2014-2015.

Indiana State Bar Association: Member.

American Bar Association: Member 2014-2015.  Litigation Section; Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

Indiana Association of Mediators: Board Member, 2012-2013.

Indiana University Alumni Association: Life Member.

National Assoc. of Law Students with Disabilities: 2014-2015.

U.S. International Council on Disabilities: Member, 2014-2015.

Illinois Notary Public, 2014-2018.


American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights: “Spotlight” disabled attorney, January 2014.

"Most active student leader," one of five 1996 Parker- Powell Indiana University Student Association fellowships.

Trained with Health and Human Services executives at Council for Excellence in Government, 2000.

Kennedy School of Government and Council for Excellence in Government recognized my domestic violence real-time FBI protective order database proposal as one of the top 8 e-government ideas in the USA.  2001.  My mother’s experience with a death threat motivated my interest in this area.

National Merit Scholar, 1987.

Passed U.S. Foreign Service Exam, Written Portion, 1998.


English (Native), Italian (Fluent), German (Studied 5 years), French (Studied 1 year), Spanish (Basic)

New Zealand, Italy, Germany, France, UK, Turkey, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Malaysia, Liechtenstein, Austria, the Vatican, Monaco, Dubai


 Indiana Daily Student columnist and editorial board member.

Edited books by University of Otago instructors: one on Chinese folktales and another on Chinese administrative law and human rights reform.

Advised Ph.D. student and edited her dissertation on Chinese administrative law and human rights reform in China.  Edited Ph.D. dissertation on Chinese media culture and documentary film.


Founder, Children of Camp LeJeune group with other people poisoned at Marine Corps base Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.  TV coverage for proposed 2015 bill:

Law School Representative to Indiana University Student Government, Bloomington.  1995-1996.

International Law Association membership director. 1995-1997.

Law School Educational Policy Committee member, Bloomington, IN.  1996-1997.

Legal Services volunteer for poor, elderly, & disabled legal clients, Bloomington IN.  1996-1997.

Tutored factory workers after plant moved to Mexico.  1996.

Tutor at Monroe County Public Library for disabled youths.  

Age Concern Otago volunteer, Dunedin, New Zealand. Visited disabled senior.  2010.

Volunteer: Free Burma, Amnesty International.  1996-1997.

Fighting for greater numbers of lawyers with disabilities.


U.S.A.  Federal Tort Claims Act claim.  File# 140367.  Constitutional claims: 5th and 9th Amendment rights not to be poisoned by the government.  Claim for my and my daughter’s injuries from exposure to trichloroethylene and other poisons in the drinking water at Camp LeJeune Naval Hospital, where I was born.  Separate claim for my mother’s early death from cancer at 48; assigned as administrator of her estate.  Straw v. United States, 1:15-cv-1756 (N.D. Ill.)


Indiana Supreme Court.  Lawsuit against Court for a decade of disability-based ADA violations and discrimination and violations of the U.S. Constitution.  Straw v. Indiana Supreme Court, et. al., 1:15-cv-1015 (S.D. Ind.)

U.S. Treasury.  Rehabilitation Act of 1973 claim.  Case# CR-13-8.  Claim for discrimination on the basis of mental disability in loan program specifically for disabled people. 07/2013.

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section.  DJ# 204-26S-189.  Discrimination in the laws, rules, and procedures governing elections in Indiana.  10/2012.

Indiana Civil Rights Commission.  Indiana Civil Rights Law claim.  PAha12111565.  Claim for discrimination because the Indiana Democratic Party’s headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, lacks access in its parking lot and entrance, and the Party’s Rule 10 discriminates on the basis of mental disability.  “Denied Transfer” at the Indiana Supreme Court.  Straw v. Indiana Democratic Party, 93A02-1406-EX-399.  03/2015  TV coverage of Democrats' exclusion, 2011:


​​Indiana Civil Rights Commission.  Complaint against City of South Bend for using parallel parking for handicap spots, including bike lanes in the width calculation and omitting access aisles altogether.  PAha15040308.


​​ Indiana Public Access Counselor.  Complaint against City of South Bend for taking 3 years to provide a public records request under the APRA law.  Files were never provided and Counselor agreed with me that such a long wait was "languishing" for years and completely unreasonable. Counselor rejected the City's demand that I or others must communicate by phone and remind local governments.  Straw v. South Bend, 15-FC-139.  06/03/2015.  Was an AP story, in the Washington Times and other newspapers, and covered on several TV stations.

Cook County Circuit Court.  Defamation, Illinois Human Rights Act, and retaliation claims.  Straw v. Chamber, et. al., 14-3094 (Ill. Ct. App., 1st Dist.)  After demanding handicap parking in Streamwood, the Chamber of Commerce and newspaper violated my human rights.  One defendant has settled.  About 150 handicapped spots lacking in Streamwood.
Court of Appeals refused to consider handicap parking as a real estate matter, or the retaliation context as contributing to the malice of defendants.  Will seek rehearing.

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.  Civil RICO claim, 18 U.S. Code §1964(c). Straw v. Kloecker, et. al., 14-C-1420 (ND Ill. 2014).  Claim based on letter from newspaper’s lawyer demanding SSN, DOB, and Medicare Number, and threatening Medicare fines of $1,000 per day if I do not comply.  Letter demanded consent to give a newspaper access to my Medicare information online.  I appealed this to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and then the U.S. Supreme Court 14-702.  Straw v. Kloecker, et. al., 574 U.S. ___ (cert. denied 1/20/2015).

Founded Disability Party political club for people with disabilities.  2/5/2013.  Over 1,300 followers in 39 countries as of 5/1/2015.

Advocated for U.S. Supreme Court to become more accessible by creating an office of disability rights.  Letter sent 5/5/2014.

Wrote to Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps seeking support for Children of Camp LeJeune.  04/2015.  Instead of responding, he was promoted to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Obama.

FOIA requests in 2014 revealed that neither the U.S. Treasury nor the U.S. Federal Reserve have any documents that reveal the relationship between FICO scores and disability (SSDI).  Requested my member of Congress, Tammy Duckworth, to provide Social Security funds for this statistical research on structural discrimination.  04/2014.  National Council on Disability and the Social Security Administration are investigating the relationship at my request.

Advocated for Indiana University-Maurer School of Law to become more accessible and welcoming to disabled law students and prospective law students.  2013-2014.

Straw v. ABA, 1:14-cv-05194 (ND Ill. 2014).  This suit was to force all law schools to reveal disability statistics of class profiles, like they do race and gender.  7/9/2014.  01/2015


U.S. Department of Education Complaint against Harvard Law School and all other schools that are not providing information on disability in law school admissions, but they do include race and gender.  Complaint # 01-15-2188.  05/2015


Found “qualified” for U.S. Army Medical Command Attorney-Advisor, 2014.  2014 Finalist, Executive Director of Indiana Protection & Advocacy Service.


Lobbying Congress for full health coverage and compensation for Children of Camp LeJeune, who were poisoned at birth and on the base.

 Received TV coverage in two states (Texas & Michigan):


Filed complaint with Federal Highway Administration against City of South Bend for its “parallel parking handicap spots," which include bike lanes as part of handicap spaces in place of the required access aisles.  06/2015

Developing global application to report disability access violations.  9/2015



Hon. Joseph E. Spruill, Jr. (ret.)


Reference Type: Professional.  Former Virginia trial judge and former president, Virginia State Bar.  Hired me as his clerk on civil and criminal matters, including a triple murder-arson trial.

Dean Alfred C. Aman, Jr.

Phone: (812) 855-1902


Reference Type: Professional.  Former law school dean hired me to be his research assistant and later endorsed my congressional campaign.

Prof. Jiefen Li
Phone: 0061 (2) 79018939


Address: 81 Bay Street, Unit 6, Glebe, NSW 2037, Sydney, Australia

Reference Type: Personal and Professional.  She asked me to assist with her Ph.D. dissertation and book on human rights in China.

Captain Jason Lee Straw (ret.)
Phone: 707-683-7193


Reference Type: Personal.  Jason is my brother.  He is a retired U.S. Air Force critical care trauma nurse.

Mr. Alan M. Voorhees, famous transportation planner (deceased)

Reference Type: Professional (I was his corporate counsel).  Ms. Mary Gonet was his investment firm’s CFO.  Email: