Nicholas Norton is a legal information professional with a passion for elevating diverse voices and advocating for equity. Prior to joining the Cornell Law Library as the Research Resources and Inclusivity Initiatives Librarian, Norton completed his M.L.I.S, J.D., and B.A. in Asian Studies at Wayne State University, Detroit's premier public research university.
In law school, Norton served as chairperson to the Wayne Law Free Legal Aid Clinic, which provides legal assistance to low income and elderly individuals on family and elder law matters. While completing his M.L.I.S., Norton worked for the University of Michigan Law Library in its faculty research service as well as a research associate for the Wayne State Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.
Beyond legal research, Norton has community organizing experience in political, electoral, and issue-based campaigns. From leading volunteer teams for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's first campaign in 2013, to serving as Research Director for 501c4 organization Florida Watch Action, to playing a key role on President Biden's Voter Protection team in Michigan's largest county, Norton aims to close information gaps, increase public engagement, and distill complex policy topics into digestible formats.