AboutLearn more about Nisha Arora and why she is the best candidate for Judge.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my campaign website to learn a little more about me.
I was tasked with writing a biography for this website, so that you could get to know me better. As I was writing, I realized that no one wants to read another generic biography of another candidate for office. Rather than just bore you with another list of qualifications, I wanted to tell you my story of why I am running to be your Judge.
I was born in 1980 in Clarks Summit, as a first-generation American. My father is a retired anesthesiologist, with a career path similar to many other immigrants to this country. He was a fully qualified physician working at a hospital in New Delhi, India and also teaching at a medical school as a professor. In 1974, he sold his scooter for money for a plane ticket and left to move to Bury, England, where he began a residency in orthopedics. He lived in the hospital where he worked and ate all of his meals there, and yet he was still grateful for the chance at a life that was different from what he could achieve in India.
By the Summer of 1976, he was offered the opportunity to move to the United States, but that move would mean starting over in a new medical field. He quickly took the opportunity even though he knew he was going to start from scratch. He landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1977 with seven dollars in his pocket, his first purchase was a map of New York City.
He made his way to Pennsylvania and ended up at Presbyterian–University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He was not a fan of the big city and began exploring opportunities outside the city. This search led him to Northeastern Pennsylvania, specifically Scranton, and he landed at Mercy Hospital in 1978, which became his home for the next thirty plus years. My mother joined him here in December of 1979, and they started their life together in their two-bedroom apartment in the Laurel Wood Apartments in Clarks Summit.
Children came soon after and life was busy. I was the first, followed by my two brothers. Education was paramount in our home, because it was education that helped our family achieve the American Dream.
I decided at the age of eight that I was going to be an attorney. Perhaps this was because of my love of arguing, but I always knew this was my calling. I attended school at Abington Heights for elementary and middle school and then went on to Scranton Preparatory School for high school. My conviction to pursue a degree in law started in high school. I took Latin for four years, knowing that a solid base in this ancient language would be beneficial for a career in law.
I then went on to attend Georgetown University and graduated Cum Laude in 2003. Law school followed immediately after that, and I graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2006. I then pursued another degree at University College London, where I obtained my Masters in Law in International Business and Arbitration, graduating with Merit, in 2007. I was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in May of 2008.
In January of 2009 I took a position as a law clerk in the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County. Working in the court system truly influenced the person I am today. Dealing closely with Judges who handled both criminal and civil cases, as well as working with the various treatment courts, gave me an insight into the position I am now seeking.
One day, as a young law clerk going to work, I wore a dress that resembled a judge’s robe. I remember comments from the attorneys in court that day that I was dressed like I wanted my boss’s job. I never really thought about being a judge before then. I knew the job had a great deal of responsibility. I was a freshly barred attorney who was just discovering where I wanted my life to take me. I knew all of the judges I worked for, they were real people, but the job didn’t really seem like a reality. I had a great education, where I learned from world renowned scholars but there weren’t really any people who looked like me sitting on the bench in those robes. At that time, the words Arora for Judge did not seem like a possibility.
I left my position at the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas and took a position at a prominent family law practice. I began to experience life on the other side of the bench as a litigator. I practiced not only in Lackawanna County, but also Wayne, Wyoming, Pike, Susquehanna, and other surrounding counties. My days were long, spent traveling between courthouses and domestic relations offices. Most days, I was the only person of color in every courthouse I went to. Not only were there no judges from minority backgrounds, there were very few attorneys. I was often the only female in the room, apart from either mine or opposing counsel’s client. My time in family law came to an end after more than 4 years of practice, when I took the opportunity to help my mother in her business.
A stay at home mom until I was twelve, my Mother decided to pursue a career in real estate. She quickly went from agent to broker, and now has six offices spanning Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Monroe Counties. The opportunity to join the family business was one I couldn’t turn down and I began to assist in the daily operations of a large real estate brokerage with nearly one hundred real estate agents.
Working in business was vastly different to being a litigator. Instead of being with people on their worst days as I had during my experiences in family law, I was now with people on their best days, the days they bought new homes. Purchasing a home has always been part of the American Dream – the same American Dream that brought my parents here.
This idea, the thought that anything is possible, was ingrained in me as a child. As a first-generation American, to even have the opportunity to run for public office is the epitome of this dream. Running for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County was something I said out loud one evening, and now it is a reality. This story, my story, is the story of countless Americans, who deserve to see someone who looks like them present in the judiciary.
My varied career experience has taught me about high points and low points. A courtroom can be a place where an individual experiences his or her worst time, perhaps losing a child in a custody case, facing imprisonment, or a significant monetary judgment. A courtroom can also be a place of joy, where a couple gets married, adopts a child, or where justice for a wrong is achieved. Every experience is different, every client is different, but through all of this, I am the one candidate who has participated in all of these experiences with people.
I believe that the time has come for a change, for a new kind of candidate who can provide a fresh perspective to provide impartial judgement, and I believe that I am that choice. It is not just experience that matters, it is the type of experience that one has, as well as one’s use of that experience that will make a difference in this world.