Nisha Arora is looking to make history as Lackawanna County’s first judge of a minority background. The Clarks Summit native is a lifelong Lackawanna County resident and is fully endorsed by the GOP.
Arora is a first generation American and has much admiration for the United States. Both her parents came to America in the 1970’s. Her father immigrated from England while her mother came over from India shortly after their wedding. “Education was paramount in our home, because it was education that helped our family achieve the American Dream,” reads her bio.
Arora, now 40, decided she wanted to be a lawyer at a young age. Her passion for law really took off in high school, where she studied Latin for four years, knowing that having a grasp on the ancient language would prepare her for a law career. From there, she went on to attend Georgetown University and graduated Cum Laude in 2003. For law school, Arora attended Villanova University where she graduated in 2006.
In 2009, Arora accepted 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,” she said regarding her time as a clerk.
After her tenure with the Lackawanna Court of Common Pleas, Arora spent time at a prominent family law practice. She practiced law not just in Lackawanna county, but surrounding counties as well. After four years in the private sector, she moved on to join her mother’s real estate business.
“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,” Arora said. “Purchasing a home has always been part of the American Dream – the same American Dream that brought my parents here.”
Nisha Arora credits the American Dream with her success and hopes every American is given the same opportunity. “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.”
The Lackawanna County Judge election is set for November 2nd.