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Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Trudy Avery, J.D., associate professor and coordinator of the criminal justice programs

Contact Information


  • Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education (English Language Arts), Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
  • Juris Doctor, Indiana University, School of Law, Bloomington, Ind.

Courses Taught

  • Police and the Constitution
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Famous Trials
  • When Ethics and Policing Collide
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Women, Crime and Justice
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Police and the Constitution
  • Professional Communications in Criminal Justice
  • Ethics in the Professions
  • Court Organization and Operations
  • Community Relations and Criminal Justice
  • Interview and Interrogation
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Community-Based Corrections


A native of Gary, Ind., Trudy D. Avery, J.D., earned her Bachelor of Science and juris doctorate degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. She worked as a probation officer in both Los Angeles and Agana, Guam; was an attorney for the Law Department of the United States Steel Corporation and served as assistant district attorney for Allegheny County. In addition, Avery taught speech and theatre arts in Indiana and English and social studies in California.

Professional Affiliations

  • Attorney-at-Law, licensed to practice in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and United States District Court, Western District of Pa.
  • Board of Directors, Freedom Unlimited, Inc.
  • National Organizational of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Research Interests

  • "De-Certification" from adult courts in Pennsylvania of juveniles who commit homicide and/or other serious felonies