Cara Nord

Staff Attorney
Work 1300 Broadway Suite 320 Denver CO 80203 Work Phone: 720-351-4350 Work Fax: 303-860-1735
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Biographical Info

Cara has a deep passion for, and commitment to, the welfare of children. As early as junior high school, she successfully competed with an original oratory addressing child abuse. While clerking for the Washington State Supreme Court, she served as a Big Sister. She did a brief stint as a child support attorney. She has over ten years of experience handling child welfare cases – as an Assistant Attorney General in the State of Washington and an Assistant, then Senior Assistant, County Attorney in El Paso County, Colorado. As an Assistant/Senior Assistant County Attorney, Cara handled large caseloads, heavy dockets, and many contested hearings; created substantive forms and binders for her office; created court forms; conducted over 100 trainings; spoke at four Colorado County Attorney Association Conferences; filed over 50 appellate documents; served as a member of El Paso County Department of Human Services Cultural Awareness Committee; served as a member, then Co-Chair, of the Minority Overrepresentation Subcommittee of the Fourth Judicial District’s Juvenile Best Practices Committee; and served as scribe to the state subcommittee drafting rules of juvenile procedure addressing discovery in dependency and neglect cases.

Cara earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Politics and Philosophy/Pre-law from the Catholic University of America. She earned a law degree with a special interest concentration from Gonzaga University School of Law, where she received a full-tuition public interest scholarship, was a member of law review, wrote and published a law review article, interned at the local public defender’s office where she represented children in Child in Need of Services (CHINS) and At-Risk-Youth (ARY) proceedings, completed Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) training, and created a child advocacy organization. Prior to law school, Cara taught fourth grade in inner-city Washington, D.C., through Teach for America, an AmeriCorps program that selects and trains college graduates to teach in underprivileged schools.