Nora graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in June 2015. During her time in law school, she spent a semester as a full-time extern with Justice Landau of the Oregon Supreme Court, and served as an Articles Editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review. She also completed summer internships with the ACLU of Oregon and the Civil Liberties Defense Center, where she worked on matters related to First Amendment and free speech rights, police abuse, prisoner abuse, and public records law.
Nora is a dedicated advocate for LGBT rights, particularly for transgender rights. Nora is a current Board Member and Judiciary Committee member at Ogalla: the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon. Since her admission to the Oregon State Bar in September 2016, she has partnered with ACLU of Oregon as a volunteer attorney in the ACLU of Oregon Trans ID Project, as well as the ACLU of Oregon’s Legislative Review Project, and she regularly provides direct pro bono service to transgender identity document clients as well. Nora also recently partnered with Basic Rights Oregon to advocate for the passage of HB 2671A, which lowered barriers that prevent transgender Oregonians from obtaining accurate identity documents. She testified before the Oregon State Legislature in support of the bill, and she was overjoyed to be on hand in May 2017 to watch Governor Kate Brown sign HB 2671A into law, making it the first successful stand-alone transgender rights bill in Oregon state history.
In her spare time, Nora is a dedicated runner and cyclist, frequently seen running the Hawthorne-to-Steel bridge circuit on the downtown Portland waterfront. A former English major, she is also a devotee of the literary arts; she is a founding editor of a local literary journal, and her lyric essays have recently appeared in various publications. She is a committed descriptivist, and agnostic as to the compulsory serial comma. Lastly but certainly not leastly, she is humorlessly devoted to her two kittens, Mab and Luthien.
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2017
Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D. 2015, magna cum laude
University of Oregon, B.A. Journalism, B.A. English Literature, 2008
Ogalla: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon (Board Member, Judiciary Committee member -- current)