Katie Williams-Briles joined the education law team at Lewis-Kappes with over 10 years’ experience in education and law, stemming from her former professional roles as staff attorney for the Indiana Department of Education and Legal Assistant to the Indiana Public Access Counselor. Early in her career, Katie served as legal counsel for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) where she provided guidance to the former State Charter School Board, implemented data share agreements, conducted Article 7 (Special Education) complaint investigations, wrote legal opinions for the Case Review Panel, and assisted school boards regarding Indiana’s Open Door and Access to Public Records Act to name a few.
Prior to joining Lewis Kappes, Katie served as the Compliance and Special Education Coordinator for Ball State’s Office of Charter Schools (OCS) for seven years, providing technical assistance to Ball State’s authorized charter schools and collaboratively assisting Ball State’s OCS staff and IDOE on the continued refinement and implementation of the compliance monitoring system for charter schools within the terms of their charter contract and federal, state, and local laws. She reviewed all proposals for new charters and renewals; provided feedback to organizing groups on organization, board governance, and special education; reviewed authorized charter school reports; and advised the Executive Director on needs and intervention assessments consistent with the provisions of the Accountability Framework and the School Assessment and Intervention Policy. She served as an advisor to Ball State’s authorized charter schools for the application process, renewal process, revocation process, and reconsideration hearings. She assisted in the refinement and development of OCS policies and procedures related to charter applications, monitoring, information distribution, contracting, amendments, compliance, evaluation, and charter renewals; coordinated regular updates and improvements to the Performance Accountability Framework and related documents in collaboration with other OCS staff; contributed to school monitoring and oversight; and provided feedback to school-specific Performance Accountability Plans.
Katie received her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2007, where she was a quarterfinalist in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition and a member of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Board. Katie was also selected as a mediator for the Family and Children Mediation Clinic in the Spring of 2007. Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University, with distinction, majoring in political science and criminal justice.