Member Spotlight

Olivia Ness


Description of your practice: 
Real Estate & Family Law firm, small-sized firm

Why are you a member of the WBAI?
I joined WBAI as a law student, and now, as a practicing attorney, I would like to be even more involved with professionals in my field. The WBAI provides me the opportunity to connect with women who share my experiences as a young lawyer and as a transactional attorney.

What do you think is the best way to empower women in law? 
One of the best ways to empower women in law is to understand the pitfalls. I recently found out that only 40% of attorneys in law firms are women and only 20% of those attorneys ever make it to partner status. It was discouraging, to say the least, considering most law schools boast a majority of female students. There is a learning curve when it comes to lawyering, to say the least, but empowering women to stay and excel in the profession requires an understanding of why women leave the profession as well.

What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?
In the following year, I will have been a lawyer for one year and I am looking forward to having some experience gained and many years of learning ahead of me. I am personally looking forward to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and perhaps enjoying normalcy in my world again.

Tell us something interesting about you.
The last place I traveled before COVID hit and I was trapped into a never-ending bar summer was Kenya to interview refugees in one of the world’s largest refugee camps. It was by far the coolest thing I have ever done and hope that the testimonies I recorded can one day help those refugees return back to their countries.

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