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Prison Bar: Lessons Roberta Fields learned as a corrections officer

published in Oklahoma Super Lawyers | October 8, 2019

In a “Prior Practice” story for the 2019 edition of Oklahoma Super Lawyers, writer Heide Brandes took a look at McAfee & Taft labor and employment attorney Roberta Fields’s “life before the law.”  The Ohio native, who holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Oral Roberts University and master’s degree in sociology/corrections from Oklahoma State University, worked for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections as both a correctional officer and case manager before heading off to the University of Oklahoma College of Law and pursuing a legal career. “The best thing about working in prisons were the interviews, when you could really listen to someone,” said Fields.  “I think listening skills are really the link to all success.  People will talk to you if you will listen; everybody has a story.”