Leah Michelle Broker Biography

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
North Carolina State Bar: August 22, 1992, License #18938 Federal Court: Western & Middle Districts of North Carolina

Federal Court: Western & Middle Districts of North Carolina, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

EDUCATION
The University of North Carolina School of Law
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, J.D., 1992

Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, B.A. English, 1989

LEGAL EXPERIENCE
Partner, Broker & Hamrick, P.A.
October 2002 – Present. Practice focusing in Social Security Disability, SSI, Medicaid and Workers’ Compensation.

Sole Practitioner
July 1996 – October 2002
Practice focused on Social Security Disability, SSI, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, criminal defense: private & court-appointed misdemeanors, felonies and State post-conviction capital defense.

Associate Attorney, David Gantt Law Offices
82 Church Street, Asheville, N.C. 28801
August 1992 – July 1996
Practice focused on Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, SSI, Medicaid, personal injury, civil litigation, private and court-appointed state and federal criminal defense.

Law Clerk, Epting & Hackney
410 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514
June 1990-June 1992
Assisted attorneys Robert Epting, Joe Hackney and Robin Lackey with criminal, domestic, environmental and real estate cases.

LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, WC and Disability section member, 1992-present; North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 1992-present: Chair-Newsletter Committee, 1994-1996, Chair-Community Outreach 1997-1999, Nominating Committee 1999-2000, Sustaining Member 1999-2010, President, 2001-2002; National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, 1992-present; North Carolina Bar Association Call4ALL Task Force, 2011-2012; North Carolina Bar Association, 1992- present; American Bar Association, 1992 – present; 28th Judicial District Bar, 1992-present: Executive Committee, 1995-1997; Young Lawyers Division: Secretary, 1994-1995, Vice-Pres. 1995- 1996, Pres. 1996-1997; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1992-2005; Buncombe County Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, 1992-2002: Secretary, 1993-1995: Vice-President, 1995-1997.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
YWCA of Asheville
Board of Directors, January 2010 – present
Chair, Advocacy Committee 2010-2012

Women for Women
A special initiative of The Community Foundation of WNC, Asheville, NC
Member, 2006 – present, Membership Committee 2010-2011

Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation
Board of Directors and WCMS Secretary 2012 – present

Pisgah Legal Services
Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program of Pisgah Legal Services 1992- present

Western Carolinians for Criminal Justice
Board Member, 2000 – 2005; Vice-President, 2001-2002, President 2003 – 2004

Instructor, People’s Law School
Spring 1997, Winter 1998, Asheville Sponsored by NC Academy of Trial Lawyers

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers High School Moot Court Competition
Coach, Judge 1992-1995

Chairperson, Buncombe County Women Attorneys* Habitat for Humanity Project
Organized the attorneys and volunteers in raising $40,000 and scheduling all-female work crew to build entire Habitat house. 1993-1994.
* Group received 1994 N.C. Bar Association’s Community Service Award for a medium-size bar.

Tutor for The Literacy Council, Asheville, North Carolina
1993 – 1996. One-on-one tutoring reading and writing skills.

RECOGNITION
Firm recipient, Outstanding Service Award from Pisgah Legal Services and the 28th Judicial District Bar, and nominee for the NCBA Smaller Law Firm Pro Bono Service Award, April 2010.

Firm recipient, NCAWA Balanced Life Workplace Award, small firm, 2006

Recipient, Soroptimist International of Asheville “A Woman of Distinction- Human Rights/Advancing the Status of Women”, Runner-up Certificate of Recognition, April 1995.

Recipient, 28th Judicial Bar Pro Bono Service Award for service as Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer for Pisgah Legal Services, 1994.