Thanks for visiting my site! I’m Brook Reinhard, and I’m a lifelong Oregonian working as a public defender in Eugene. My family and I live in Springfield. We have a big family and we really like living in such a beautiful place!
I grew up in Eugene, attended the University of Oregon, switched majors a few times and ended up a journalist, working newspapers in Astoria, Eugene, Klamath Falls, and even in Bentonville, Arkansas. Then I quit journalism to apply for law school, graduating Willamette University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, I tried cases as a certified law student for the Polk County District Attorney’s office, but I learned firsthand that unless you’re the elected DA, you may be tasked with trying people for crimes even if you aren’t certain they are guilty.
After law school, I started working at Umpqua Valley Public Defender in September 2009, became assistant director several years later, and was hired to run Public Defender Services of Lane County in 2016. Most of my job now is focused on running a 46-employee non-profit and deliver outstanding legal services to all our clients. I do have my own clients too, but not as many given my other job duties.
My family attends a small church in west Eugene (although just like everyone else, we’ve been meeting virtually the last year thanks to Covid), and we homeschool our seven children. I’m a registered Democrat and am running for a nonpartisan board seat for the Willamalane Parks and Recreation District in the May 2021 special election.