Attorney Jodi Nofsinger of Berman & Simmons was featured in the June edition of Trial Magazine, the national magazine of the American Association for Justice.
The edition focused on issues of diversity in the law. Nofsinger wrote a powerful and heartfelt essay about her path to becoming a lawyer, and how her decision in 1990 to come out as a gay woman — at a time when such a decision carried even more personal and professional risks than it does today — impacted her work as a student and then as a trial lawyer.
Click here to read the full article from Trial Magazine. Here is an excerpt:
“Few of us — perhaps too few of us — work directly for organizations dedicated to LGBT legal advocacy. But many of us care greatly, even passionately, about discrimination of all forms that affects our communities. I carve out time to serve as a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. And one of my proudest moments was winning a landmark case in Maine’s highest court that guaranteed my transgender client access to the girl’s bathroom in her middle school.
While the result I helped achieve makes me proud, I’m reminded that all trial lawyers are uniquely positioned to help others. We can, and do, give generously to causes that oppose discrimination and promote diversity. By applying our training, talents, skills, and resources, we can shape the communities we practice in and live in for the better."
Nofsinger, who joined Berman & Simmons in 1997, is a trailblazer among Maine’s trial lawyers. In 2014, she became only the 22nd trial lawyer in Maine — and only the third woman — inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship is extended to trial lawyers who are master advocates for their clients, and whose careers are distinguished by the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.