NORA J. BROKER
My passion for civil rights and social justice informs all facets of my legal work. My primary practice centers on plaintiff’s employment law, where I represent employees in litigation, as well as before administrative agencies and licensing boards. I feel quite fortunate to be able to work in this area fighting for such fundamental rights – including the right to earn a living free from discrimination, retaliation, or other unlawful actions by employers. I am also an active volunteer and advocate on behalf of the LGBT community, working to help marginalized people navigate within the law to meet their needs, and working to push the law so it better meets the needs of the community.
I am a native Oregonian, born and raised in Corvallis, before moving to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon (and yes, to answer the obvious question, crossing from Beaver to Duck country went just fine – it happens more than you think!). After undergrad, my partner and I moved around the country for a bit, before deciding to return home to begin my legal career. I take great pride in the community values of my home state, and I’m grateful to have a day job actively fighting to defend those values.
While in law school I had the privilege to serve as an extern to the Hon. Jack L. Landau of the Oregon Supreme Court. I engaged in civil rights work as a summer clerk for both the ACLU of Oregon and the Civil Liberties Defense Center, and as a volunteer at the Oregon Justice Resource Center. I also gained experience in intellectual property law and small business administration as a clerk for the Small Business Legal Clinic, and as a volunteer with Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Beyond law, I love to run and I love to cycle – particularly down the gorgeous Springwater Corridor and our downtown waterfront. My partner and I are utterly humorless cat parents. Time permitting, I also try to nurture my inner English major, by publishing lyric essays, and by co-editing a literary journal.
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar: 2016
District of Oregon: 2017
- Lewis & Clark Law School (J.D. 2015, magna cum laude)
Creighton & Rose PC, 2017
- Victim Rights Law Center, Presenter, “Pro Bono Attorney Training – Identity Document Project for Transgender Survivors,” November 2, 2017
- Lewis & Clark Law School, Panel Speaker, “Maintaining LGBT Identity in the Legal Profession,” October 17, 2017
OGALLA, the LGBTQ Bar Association of Oregon
Board of Directors, 2017-present
Judiciary Committee Chair, 2018-present
Oregon Women Lawyers
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
ACLU of Oregon Trans ID Project
Pro Bono Attorney, 2016-present
Small Business Legal Clinic
Pro Bono Attorney, 2016-2017
Basic Rights Oregon
Volunteer in Support of Oregon House Bill 2673, 2017
ACLU of Oregon Legislative Review Project
Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts