TALIA Y. STOESSEL
My passion for social justice and civil rights is the connecting thread that runs through my life and work. I have always been a strong voice for the underdog, from my early work as program coordinator for nonprofits serving homeless and LGBTQ communities, to my practice in labor and employment law. I work every day to bring balance to the hierarchy of labor-management relationships and empower direct employee representation, as well as to protect rights in the workplace. I’m dedicated to providing my clients with the best quality legal representation in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies and boards. I am drawn to providing empathetic support to help my clients get through difficult situations, which is supported by my background in psychology.
My nomadic family hails far and wide from Hawai’i to North Carolina to Massachusetts, Colorado, Illinois, and Georgia. My own diverse upbringing includes being born in Boulder, CO, raised in Chicago, IL, and coming of age in the Bay Area of California. At age 13, I was given the Hawaiian nickname of Ka’olilikoakikai, which means “sparkles on the ocean”. I believe my experiences with a wide diversity of culture and social strata growing up informed my strong sense of social justice and equality.
In college, I learned that I had to work hard to translate my passion into positive impact. I graduated with High Honors from University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology. After my non-profit work, I chose to attend Northeastern University School of Law for its dedication to social justice and civil rights as well as its real world practice opportunities through four full-time externships. I received my law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 2011 along with many other dedicated social justice advocates, and completed an externship with Judge Tauro in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts as well as a clerkship with Judge Kathie Steele in Clackamas County Circuit Court.
I continue my volunteer work serving on the board of OGALLA-the LGBTQ Bar Association of Oregon, Clackamas Women Lawyers, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. I also find time to stay active teaching aerobics, practicing yoga, singing in a choir, and enjoying the great Oregon outdoors with my beloved partner and two dogs, Cherry Blossom and Dandy Lion.
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar: 2011
- University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Psychology, 2006)
- Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2011)
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 701
Clackamas Women Lawyers
Oregon Women Lawyers
OGALLA, the LGBTQ Bar Association of Oregon
Board of Directors, 2013-2016
Committee Chair, 2013-2016
Labor and Employment Relations Association
Board of Directors, 2014-present
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Oregon State Bar Association
Practical Skills through Public Service Committee, 2011-2014
Basic Rights Oregon
Addressing the Harm of Silence and Assumptions of Mutability: Implementing Effective Non-Discrimination Policies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth in Foster Care, U.C. Davis J. Juv. L. & Pol’y (2013).
The National Labor Relations Board’s Return to a Realistic Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status: A Labor Perspective, For the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Fall 2015 Newsletter.