Summer Associate Feature: Emily O'Neal
Each Summer, Fraser Stryker proudly hosted a group of bright, ambitious law students in our Summer Associate program. The Summer Associate Program is structured to give summer associates a realistic experience, which is comparable to that of a first-year attorney. We are excited to share some of the experiences during the 2022 summer associate program.

Olivia Stanek |  University of Nebraska College of Law  |  Class of 2024

Olivia Stanek is currently a student at University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, where she is a member of Delta Theta Phi and served as a 1L Representative for the Women’s Law Caucus. Prior to law school, Olivia received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Communications Studies with minors in English, Spanish, Law, and Business. She brings a range of experience with her, including working as a Lobbying Intern, Runner, Mediator for the Nebraska Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, and a Camp Counselor at the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation.

Q: How has your experience as a Fraser Stryker Summer Associate helped prepare you for your legal career?

A:  “I have gotten more real world experience than I ever would have thought possible. Between going to depositions, going to court, and actually communicating with clients, I’ve gotten to see how the practice of law is really done. I’ve seen how some of the best attorneys in the state practice law, I’ve been able to learn from them, and I hope to be able to use it in my own career.”

Q: What unexpected lessons did you learn from your experience at Fraser Stryker?

A:  “I learned just how connected all the different areas of law are. Coming out of my 1L classes, I knew there was some overlap, but didn’t really know just how much I would see.”

Q: Do you have any words of wisdom to pass along to the next class of Summer Associates?

A:  “Buy into the summer. Do everything and anything that’s offered-whether it be a happy hour, a lunch, or just sitting in on a meeting. This summer is as much about getting you connected with the legal community as it is a learning experience, so try to say “yes” to the non-work things as much as you can.”

Visit the Fraser Stryker Summer Associate Program page to learn more about our program.

This article has been prepared for general information purposes and (1) does not create or constitute an attorney-client relationship, (2) is not intended as a solicitation, (3) is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice, and (4) is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified attorney. Always seek professional counsel prior to taking action.