Getting to Know Victoria Elsmore, 2022-2023 RCBA President-Elect

How did you get involved with the bar association?

I was lucky that my previous firm valued the RCBA and passed that down to me. I was encouraged not only to pay dues but to get involved in committee and leadership work. That encouragement, especially for a younger lawyer, was vital in my success.

If you couldn’t be a lawyer, what job would you want to try?

Is there a job where you eat croissants and people pay you? That.

What led you to a career in law? How did you choose your area of practice?

I entered law school thinking I wanted to run political campaigns. I quickly realized it was hard to do that and not also sleep on stranger's couches. I worked at a small firm during school and was drawn to family law as a way to help everyday people. I have never looked back and now only occasionally nap on couches.

What is one achievement—in your career or somewhere else in your life—that you are proud of?

My crowning achievement: once I went to Target for a roll of packaging tape and I left with ONLY packaging tape. I wouldn't believe it either, but I have the receipt framed in my home.

What’s a great piece of advice you’ve received?

Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. — Morticia Addams.
How do you unwind and add balance to your week? When you aren’t a lawyer what are you up to?

In the nice weather, I like to play my ukulele on my porch swing. If it is bad weather, I like to discuss the weather with people in line at the coffee shop.

What books, movies, podcasts or TV shows have you enjoyed recently?

My 7-year-old daughter and I are really enjoying "The Floor is Lava" on Netflix.