Obiorah Fields - September 2018

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WHAT AMERICAN WOMEN’S BUSINESS DAY MEANS TO US THE REALITY OF LADY LAWYERS

W ith September 22 being what it’s like being a woman in modern society. I take great pride in operating a female-owned law firm. It’s not common in our industry to see women running their own practice, and for Teri and me, we view that as a tremendous strength. Certain cases require a specific connection that we believe we can provide. In addition to filling a much-needed niche, it also gives us an autonomy that we thrive off of. When you spend every day of your life looking over your shoulder wondering when the American Women’s Business Day, I want to reflect on

a home in the simplest of assumptions. I’m a mother of three beautiful children, and for many of the parents like me, there’s an idea that we can’t work

a desire to fight for them. However, there are cases where gender is important, and that’s where our strengths as women come into play. The #MeToo movement has cast a light onto the dark realities of thousands of women’s experiences. We help many employees in sexual harassment claims and see some of the worst displays of character that humanity can present. In cases like these, it helps to understand the mistreatment women endure. In instances of harassment or sexual trauma, clients will often want a lawyer who is the same gender. Our clients need that passion that comes with the ability to relate, and we strive to provide that in every moment of their case. There’s a bright future for women in all aspects. As long as we continue to grow as a society and work to find equality, the lives of our kids will be full of opportunities. I’m excited about the direction of our firm and the future for Teri and me.

as many hours or that our significant others are taking care of the income. As a woman, I see these generalizations made frequently, and in some cases, they happen subconsciously, which can be just as much of a threat. While there may be a subtle bias, I don’t see disadvantages to being a female attorney. The

next hammer is going to drop, it creates an uncertain environment where doubt can flourish. This doubt can impede your career, relationships, and future. Branching out to start our practice was a way to free ourselves from these hindrances and find a lifestyle we could be proud of.

MY PRACTICE IS BUILT ON THE

FOUNDATION OF MY AMBITION AND HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH MY GENDER.

We cover a lot of these topics in our Lady Lawyer Podcast, which you

freedoms this country provides open doors to choose the life we want, and I think that’s pivotal. My practice is built on the foundation of my ambition and has little to do with my gender. When I enter a courtroom, the judge, the opposing party, and my team don’t see a man or woman. They see a client who needs our support and

can learn more about on Page 3, but one issue I feel is essential to cover here is gender bias. There are a lot of assumptions made on this topic, but little is understood about how it is perpetuated. It’s not as if gender bias is an overt action on the part of an industry or a person. It’s subtle and finds

–Danielle Obiorah

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