Monday Profile: Kerene Moore

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Kerene Moore is a supervising attorney for Legal Services of South Central Michigan’s Ann Arbor office, a division of the Michigan Advocacy Program that serves underrepresented clients in Washtenaw County. 

She  earned her Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Michigan. 

Moore is active in a number of community organizations, serving on the board of directors for Equality Michigan, as co-chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association's LGBT Rights Section, and as vice president of the Jim Toy Community Center. In March 2016, she was also appointed to the City of Ann Arbor’s Human Rights Commission by Mayor Christopher Taylor.

Moore was recently recognized by the LGBT Bar Association as one of the country’s Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, with a ceremony last week during the annual Lavender Law Conference in Washington D.C.

Moore regularly advocates on behalf of marginalized community members, but has spent the past few years working to increase legal support to the LGBT community.  In 2015, she helped spearhead the Know Your Rights Project, a collaborative work of the Jim Toy Community Center, the Outlaws of the University of Michigan Law School, LSSCM, and volunteer attorneys.  The goal of the project is to offer legal advice and referrals through the Jim Toy Community Center, an LGBT resource center.

Residence:  Ann Arbor.

What would surprise people about your job? I have helped more than 50 immigrants obtain legal status in the United States.

What does this recent honor by the LGBT Bar Association mean to you?  I was honestly humbled to be in the same room with many of the attorneys, including those who took time to nominate me.

Favorite local hangouts: Aut Bar, Sweetwater’s.

Favorite App: This American Life.

What are you currently reading?  Olive Kitteridge.

What are you better at than everyone else you know?
Binge-reading.

What is one thing you would like to learn to do?
  Conduct an orchestra.

What is your most typical mood? Focused.

Who is on your guest list for the ideal dinner party? Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Charles Dickens, Marcel Proust, Nick Gable… There are too many to name.

Words of advice for aspiring attorneys: Take time to prank your colleagues—at an ideal dinner party.

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be?
My 8-year old.

Three things you can’t live without: Cell phone swipe technology, bananas (muscle spasms are no joke), Zyrtec.

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Watch musicals on Broadway.

What is one thing you would like to learn to do?  I would like to be a better guitarist.

What is something most people don't know about you? I once scored 21 points (all 3-pointers) in a basketball game freshman year of high school. In the very next game, I tore my ACL, which effectively ended my basketball career.

What is the best advice you ever received? There’s a time and a place for everything.

If you can help it, where will you never return? 8 a.m. law school classes.

Favorite beverage: Inappropriately sweet wines.

Motto: “It could be worse.”

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