Norbert Connor Keough, a fifth generation Australian and a United States Navy veteran, joined the Returned & Services League of Australia in April 2009. In 2014 Norb was appointed Senior & Managing Advocate of the RSL Veterans’ Centre East Sydney which is part of the North Bondi RSL Sub-Branch. He previously served as Sub-Branch Honorary Secretary from 2010 until 2013, is the Immediate Past President of the Sub-Branch having served as President from 2013 – 14, and is the Sub-Branch’s Delegate on the Eastern Metropolitan District Council of RSL Sub-Branches (EMDC) having first served from 2009 – 11 and again from 2014 – present. Since 2010 Norb has represented the Sub-Branch as its Delegate to the RSL (New South Wales Branch) Congress.
Norb, a non-practising barrister, is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association, an Associate (Out-of-State) Member of the New York State Bar Association and a Member of the American Bar Association (as a member of the Forum Committees on Air & Space Law and Affordable Housing & Community Development Law). He holds a Diploma of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science (Political Science) degree and a Juris Doctor degree. Norb is presently undergoing studies in vocational education, training and assessment so as to be able to teach aspiring entitlement advisors and advocates in Australian veterans’ entitlement law and compensation. On 2 June 2011 the Governor of New South Wales appointed Norb to a five year term as a Justice of the Peace.
In 2012 Norb was one of 16 individuals selected nationally for, and completed, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs National Tribunal Advocacy Course at the ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra. He is a Senior Advocate and advocates pro bono for active duty Australian Defence Force servicemembers, reservists, veterans, war widows and dependents before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on DVA claims and advises on entitlements and compensation. As a Senior Advocate, Norb advises the RSL leadership on pending legislation affecting the League, military members and veterans issues in both state and federal Parliament and writes submissions to Parliament on behalf of the League. Norb also serves as a mentor to newly qualified veterans’ entitlement advisors and advocates.
On the RSL NSW Congress Norb served, in 2011, as a Scrutineer (95th Congress) during the State-wide elections for RSL NSW State Council. Since 2012 Norb has been a member of the Congress Suspension Committee which decides whether or not to suspend the rules and refer important or urgent matters to the Congress agenda.
Norb is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; a Committee Member, Federal Electorate of Wentworth Centenary of ANZAC Celebrations; a senior member in the Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force Auxiliary; a member of the NSW Justices Association; a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association of Australia; the publisher of Equal Justice for Troops blog; served as a Councillor of the Royal United Services Institute of NSW Inc from 2011-13; was the Chairman of the RSL’s Keep 45 Alive from 2009-10 (Commemoration Committee for the 65th Anniversary of the end of WW2); served on the governing committee for the Royal Naval Association (NSW Branch) from 2009-10; and has written numerous op-ed pieces on military justice and veterans issues.
2007 saw Norb move home to Sydney from the United States after having lived there for many years. Norb and lives in Bondi Junction which is in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. In his spare time Norb enjoys cooking, attending theatre and musicals, flying (as a private pilot), surfing, tennis, golf, and astronomy.