Barbra Dohmen wears many hats- among them is an attorney, a mother, a college instructor and a disability rights advocate. Barbra’s diverse array of personal, professional and educational experiences have molded her into the attorney she is today. Barbra resides in O’Neill with her significant other and their four-year-old daughter, Isabelle.
“It is a pleasure to be living in rural Nebraska, the opportunities in our rural communities are so much greater than I think many people realize. I am thankful to be here, and feel very blessed to be doing what I love.”
Barbra grew up on a farm in the rural Albion, Nebraska, area, and attended country school in rural Boone County until the eighth grade. She graduated from Newman Grove High School, and was actively involved in National Honor Society, Cheerleading, Drama and Speech. Barbra attended Northeast Community College, and then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Barbra earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, along with a Gerontology Minor. After graduating from college, Barbra spent three months in Washington D.C. as an intern in in the United States Senate in Senator Benjamin Nelson’s office.
After coming home from Washington, D.C. Barbra spent some time working as a legal assistant and decided that practicing law was her calling. She decided to attend law school at Creighton University, and earned a Juris Doctor and a Master of Science in Government Organization and Leadership in two and a half busy years. During her time at Creighton, Barbra had the privilege of learning constitutional law from United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Some classes she elected to take based on her personal interests were Elder Law, Nonprofit Law, and Children, Family and the State.
As a part of her master’s program Barbra had the privilege of spending another semester in Washington, D.C., working at the Administration for Community Living, which is the crossroads of aging and disability policy for the federal government. She chose to do her internship at the Administration for Community Living for a personal reason. When Barbra’s mother was twenty-eight years old she had an accident, resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury. Barbra’s passion for advocating for those with disabilities is innate, and very personal. Barbra is an appointed member of the Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council, which works to increase the independence of people with disabilities in our state, and to provide more opportunities for community living.
In addition to working full time at Andrew Hoffman Law, Barbra teaches “American Government” at Northeast Community College’s extended campus in O’Neill, and very much enjoys that time in the classroom. Her educational and personal experiences with government have been an asset to her ability to teach this very important subject matter.