NP Profiles

Our monthly series profiling members of our 2018 partner class.

What made you decide to become a lawyer? Was there a defining moment for you?

My dad was a police officer in Indianapolis and when I was a kid, he often would bring me with him to the courthouse in downtown Indianapolis when he had to testify in court. The courthouse was in the City County building, which was one of the taller buildings in Indianapolis and the mayor had his office at the top. My dad was always introducing me to lawyers, judges, and other police officers in the building, and I was fascinated by the mix of people in the courthouse. I knew from about age 12 or 13 that I wanted to be a lawyer.

What is your most memorable moment/proudest accomplishment as a lawyer?

Calling my first pro bono client to tell him and his wife that they had been granted asylum. There was nothing but pure joy and elation on the other end of the phone, and I will never forget that moment.

What are your interests outside of your legal practice? Are you active in any organizations/causes? Any sports or hobbies you’re passionate about?

In my “spare” time, I enjoy running. I have run three marathons, and I ran the 2016 and 2017 Boston Marathons (and am training for the 2018 Boston Marathon) on behalf of the PAIR Project, which is a Nixon Peabody pro bono partner. PAIR provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers and unjustly detained immigrants, and I have done cases with PAIR for over ten years. I’m grateful that I can combine my love of running with supporting such a wonderful, life-changing organization.

What or who inspires you?

My kids. They see the joy and wonder in so many things and they remind me each day what really is important in life. They are also really funny and they keep us laughing.

What book has influenced you the most?

Born to Run. I read it right after I finished the 2016 Boston Marathon and I could not put it down. It explained from a biological and anthropological perspective how humans are “designed” or “wired” to run long distances, and that our ability as a species to run for very long periods of time ensured our survival. The storytelling of the Tarahumara “running tribe” in Mexico was fascinating. The book captures the essence of the “euphoric” feeling that many runners have at the end of a run.

Hannah Bornstein, Boston Marathon

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