Brooke Torton, JD, is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Network’s Eastern Region Office and the Deputy Director for the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (LRC). At LRC, Brooke develops toolkits and policy papers on specific issues, drafts legislation, conducts in-person and virtual training sessions for public health professionals, and generally supports the development of public health law. She also supervises students enrolled in the Clinical Law Program working on public health law projects, students working as externs for the LRC or the Network and research assistants for the two centers.

Brooke graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Psychology in 2009. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she served as Co-President of the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPILP) and Executive Symposium Editor for the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class. Subsequent to graduation and prior to her employment with the network, Brooke worked as a judicial law clerk followed by three years of litigation in criminal and domestic law.

Articles & Resources

COVID-19 Pandemic and Tobacco Sales in the United States

Law & Policy InsightsCOVID-19Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

June 30, 2020
by Brooke Torton

COVID-19 has unquestionably altered every facet of daily life, including where and how goods are purchased. For those who use tobacco products, including vape products, a patchwork of state laws continues to determine where these products may be sold because of orders classifying businesses as essential and non-essential.

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Key Public Health Initiatives: A Year in Review

WebinarsHealth ReformFood Safety and SecurityInjury Prevention and SafetySubstance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

December 13, 2018
by Brooke Torton, Kathleen Hoke, Kerri McGowan Lowrey and Mathew R. Swinburne

Among the most pressing public health issues of 2018, access to healthcare, electronic nicotine delivery systems, injury prevention, and food insecurity saw significant legislation and policy impacts. In this webinar, subject matter experts will recap how four important public health initiatives—expansion of scope of practice; regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems; traumatic brain injury prevention; and food insecurity and SNAP—were impacted in 2018.

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