Lahny R. Silva

Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 324
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone: (317) 278-6712



LL.M., 2011, University of Wisconsin Law School
J.D., 2007, University of Connecticut School of Law
B.A., 2002, M.A., 2004, Boston University


Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, Criminal Procedure: Investigation


Lahny Silva joined the faculty in the summer of 2011. She was the William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison where she served as teaching assistant for Constitutional Law, Trial Advocacy and Civil Procedure. She also taught a Seminar on Post-Conviction Remedies while in Madison.

In 2010 she was a legislative appointee for the State of Wisconsin Special Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents. Previously, she worked as an attorney for Greater Hartford Legal Aid and as a law clerk for the Office of the Corporation Counsel. While in law school, she worked as a legal intern in the Office of the Public Defender Serious Felony Unit.

Professor Silva has received the Evidentiary Objections Award from the American Trial Lawyers College. She also received two CALI awards, one for Advanced Constitutional Law Freedom of Speech and one for Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law. She was named a Pudlin Scholar, recognizing distinction in the study and teaching of the First Amendment). The Women’s Law Student Association gave her their Award for Excellence in Community Service. She was also named a Bysiewicz Scholar at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

She worked on Connecticut’s Statewide Legal Services Initiative, “Ban the Box,” and served as Chair of the Diversity Committee while at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was also involved in the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), the Public Interest Law Group, and Equal Justice Works.

She is a member of the Law and Society Association, George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, American Bar Association, and National Bar Association, as well as the Connecticut and Massachusetts bars.

Her areas of interest include criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, torts and evidence.