Interviewee: Mary Ann Oakley
Interviewer: Janet Paulk
Date of Interview: August 21, 2005
Extent: 1 audio cassette; 1 compact disc; 43 pages
Atlanta based lawyer Mary Ann B. Oakley has dedicated her life and career to changing and enforcing the law to improve the rights of women and minorities through her work on behalf of reproductive rights, children’s rights and employment law. Her professional activities have ranged from chairing the State Board of Bar Examiners and the Investigative Panel of the State Bar, to presiding over fundraising for the Georgia Legal Services Program. She began her career in private practice, ultimately becoming a partner in several firms, including Holland and Knight in Atlanta.
During her many years as an employment lawyer, she spent countless hours in the courtroom fighting for the rights of employees. Oakley has been an integral part of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Guardian ad Litem program, and has appeared regularly in court pro bono on behalf of children in the middle of some of the most challenging custody and visitation cases the program sees. She was listed among the Best Lawyers in America for close to two decades, among numerous honors. Oakley earned a master’s degree from the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory in 1970, and her juris doctor degree from Emory Law School in 1974.
Mary Ann Oakley begins her interview by describing her childhood experiences growing up first in Waynesboro, Virginia and then in Greenville, North Carolina. She explains how she was able to fund her education at Duke University and describes her experiences at that institution. She then recalls moving to Seattle with her husband, where she became involved with the National Organization for Women. She believes that her study of Elizabeth Cady Stanton played an important role in instigating her involvement in the women’s movement. Oakley describes moving back to Atlanta and details a number of her legal cases.
Interviewee: Anne Olson
Interviewer: Amanda Brown
Date of Interview: April 22,2005
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 31 page transcript
Interviewer: Janet Paulk
Date of Interview: November 9, 2007
Extent: 2 audio cassettes; 2 compact discs; 47-page transcript
Abstract (November 9, 2007)
Anne Olson begins her second oral history by again reviewing her childhood experiences and her education. She talks about her training in Diatetics and how that has affected her contributions to the Women’s Movement. Olson then moves on to discuss her work in various positions as a nutritionist and her work with the Unitary Universalist Congregation. She ends by discusses her current work and how she views the progress of the women’s movement.
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