Officer Focus: Samantha J. Orvis

Before the month is over, we want to let you know about our Treasurer, Samantha J. Orvis!

What inspired you to become an attorney?

I had a professor in undergrad that went to law school, but was not practicing.  She and I had a few discussions before I decided that it would be a good educational challenge for me.  I honestly had no idea what being a lawyer truly entailed, since I had no family members or close friends of family in the profession.  I just knew I wanted to become a trial attorney.

What sparked your interest in the WBA?

I believe my initial interest was by way of participating in the Women’s Law Caucus while at Wayne Law School.  A fellow law student was attending WBA events and meetings, and I decided to join her.  They’ve been trying to get rid of me ever since!

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I love to cook and bake, enjoy recreational running, gardening, and reading fiction.  However, when I am not working I am usually volunteering somewhere, or at a bar function, or board meeting, or en route to one of the above.

What is your favorite book?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Who is your favorite fictional attorney?

Matthew McConaughey’s character from A Time to Kill – the film adaptation of John Grisham’s 1989 novel

Do you have any pets?

I have a mutt (lab/pit mix?) named Tess that I adopted from a shelter a few years back and a high maintenance Himalayan cat named Tinka who is ten years old.

What do you like listening to in your car or on your way to work?

NPR or audiobooks

What are three things that people probably don’t know about you?

(1) I have run a handful of half-marathons, although I never ran more than a mile before 2013.

(2) In 2016, while on my honeymoon in San Pedro, Belize, the island was hit by Hurricane Earl.

(3) I identify as more of an introvert.

What is your favorite restaurant?

I really like this locally owned restaurant in Grand Blanc (where I live) called The Grafted Root Eatery.

Do you prefer coffee, tea, or neither?

Coffee.  Black.  All day.

Favorite travel destination?

Unfortunately, I have not had many opportunities to travel for leisure, but I enjoy the San Francisco bay area.

What superpower would you like to have?

Time travel

What are your words to live by?

“Your reputation follows you everywhere. ”