Civil Rights Lawyer Olivia-Warren
B.F.A., Dance, 2011, Marymount Manhattan College (magna cum laude); J.D., 2017, Harvard Law School (cum laude; Prison Legal Assistance Project; Criminal Justice Institute).
Olivia Warren
Liv brings her national experience to North Carolina clients, serving as a fierce advocate to people accused of crimes at every stage of the legal process.
Areas of Practice
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Liv graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2017. After law school, Liv began her career as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to then-Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Following her clerkships, Liv made Durham her home and began practicing at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. There she represented indigent clients from trial through late-stage appeals in both state and federal courts. In 2021, she won a landmark case in the North Carolina Supreme Court, successfully arguing that the statutes governing state post-conviction relief had been misconstrued by courts for decades to summarily deny claims without evidentiary hearings.

In addition to representing clients in court, Liv advocates for justice beyond the courtroom. In 2020, she testified to Congress about the sexual harassment she was subjected to by a federal judge. She has fought for basic civil rights protections for the more than 30,000 employees of the federal judiciary, who are exempt from most civil rights statutes. Liv has worked with Members of Congress on the bipartisan Judiciary Accountability Act of 2021.
Professional Activities
Liv is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. She is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of North Carolina, the United States District Court for the Middle, Eastern, and Western Districts of North Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

She has taught legal education seminars and regularly mentors students. She has also been published in the Harvard Law Review Forum.
Why Choose Liv for Trial and Appellate Representation?
Broad Legal Expertise
Liv represents clients at trial, on direct appeals, and in post-conviction proceedings. She brings her knowledge of the criminal legal system from start to finish to each and every case, offering an informed perspective at any stage. In addition to her work in state court, Liv has also litigated civil, criminal, and habeas cases in various federal courts.
Advocacy Beyond the Courtroom
From her own experience advocating for employees of the federal judiciary, Liv understands what it means to advance goals in any and all available forums, including through policy, media, and academic avenues.
Appellate Advocate
Liv learned legal writing and research from some of the most celebrated jurists and lawyers in the country, and she brings that insight to each and every case. She is a confident oralist in any appellate argument.
Complications After Convictions
Liv knows that the effects of a conviction can continue for decades: she fights for people facing supervised release and parole violations. Liv also argues on behalf of people in prison awaiting a chance to contribute to their communities again through parole and clemency.
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