Felicia Owen
Law Clerk, Layde & Parra, SC

Felicia Owen was born in the border town of El Paso, Texas. Her father, the first-born U.S. citizen of his parents from Juarez, Mexico; her mother, the oldest of four being raised by a single mother; both of her parents, teenagers when she was born. Felicia moved to Milwaukee when she was three and attended Milwaukee Public Schools until she graduated in 2007. Right out of high school, Felicia ran for Milwaukee Public School Board as someone who could advocate for the students. She received the teacher's union endorsement but ultimately did not win.

Over the next ten years Felicia worked in the auto industry, selling cars and managing a body shop, and the service industry, as a bartender, until she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2018. In her final semester of undergrad, a regular at the bar who happened to be an attorney, suggested that Felicia apply to law school. This had never been something she had even considered possible. Just graduating from college was something few of her friends or family members had done. With encouragement and support from her loved ones, Felicia applied to law school, and she will now be the first in her family to graduate from law school in 2021.

Felicia is currently a student at Marquette Law School, the president of the Hispanic-Latino Law Student Association, and a student board member for the Milwaukee Bar Association. She is currently a law clerk at Layde & Parra, an immigration law firm, and next semester she will be an intern at the Wisconsin Governor's Legal Office. She is a member of the running group FEAR MKE and training to run her first marathon next year. She is also a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Felicia lives by the motto, "We rise by lifting others." The trajectory of her life — from being born in the projects to teenage parents, going to inner city public schools, working in the service industry, making it into law school and going forward into a career where less than 2% of attorneys are Latina — has given her a keen perspective into the systematic racism in our country's laws and the gap of information and resources for those stuck in poverty. Post-graduation, it is Felicia's goal to build a career breaking down barriers and empowering others, like, herself, to pursue a career in law.