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The first lawyer from the Palentina Mountain: "Working in a town is not a resignation"

The first lawyer from the Palentina Mountain: "Working in a town is not a resignation"

Lola Villar was the first woman what He opened a law office in Montaña Palentina. More than four decades later, he will receive the Medal of Merit from the Legal Profession of Castilla y León with the assurance that working in rural areas has never been a renunciation.

“Quite the opposite. I only see advantages,” says this lawyer, daughter and mother of a judge, who has been practicing uninterruptedly since 1979, 45 years, in her office in Cervera de Pisuerga (Palencia).

A tireless work that has been rewarded throughout his life with the satisfaction of a job well done and the gratitude of his clients, and to which he will put a finishing touch with the Medal of Merit of the Legal Profession of Castilla y León, which will be awarded next May.

She will be the first woman from the Palencia Bar Association, to which she has belonged since the beginning of her professional career, to receive this distinction.

“There are few women my age practicing and with the same years of membership as me,” says this lawyer who studied in Deusto, because she lived in Bilbao at the time, she graduated in 1976 and was registered with number 96 from the Palencia College.

By profession a lawyer

Almost half a century later, He remembers those beginnings in an attic in Cervera de Pisuerga shared with another lawyer, typing just as she saw in lawyer movies or in Perry Mason, that black and white series that sparked her interest in the legal profession as a child.

“We wrote on a copy of yellow onion paper that we later delivered to the courts, there was not even a fax machine, and when it snowed, snowflakes came through the window because it didn’t fit properly,” says Lola Villar, remembering those humble beginnings.

“In all this time the world has changed and my profession with it,” he continues. He has also changed the rural world in which he has always worked. “When I started there were three lawyers in the Judicial District of Cervera de Pisuerga, and I was the only woman. Now there are more women practicing in the region,” she says.

Work in rural areas

He assures that in more than four decades of professional activity he never had the need to emigrate in search of greater professional projection. “I have been very comfortable. The affairs of the Cervera Court were important. I have handled all types of cases,” he says.

Therefore he defends that Staying in Cervera de Pisuerga has never meant any sacrifice on a professional level. “Living in a town has never meant any renunciation or anything negative for me. I don’t think I have lost anything by living in a town,” he maintains.

Not before, when she was the only female lawyer in the judicial district, nor now that there are many more and from other professions, because “working in a town is a very valid option.”

“In fact I think“It is easier to get ahead in a small, rural environment than in a capital, where life is more dehumanized.”he assures.

An optimal time for equality

Add that Nor has she ever felt discriminated against for being a woman, because she has never given even the slightest opportunity to be discriminated against, but they emphasize that it has taken a lot for women to get where they are.

“Now we are in an optimal moment that I didn’t even dream of living when I started.”he states.

Back then there was no Divorce Law. and before, women needed their husbands’ authorization to withdraw money from the bank or to accept their parents’ inheritance. “That was an aberration,” she maintains.

All that has changed. Women study, work, earn money. “That is the essence of freedom”she affirms because “it is very difficult for a woman who has no financial means and who depends on her husband to be free,” says Lola Villar.

In the field of equality everything has evolved a lotwith many new laws that sought to make things better and that in his opinion have not succeeded because “we live in a politically and socially complex moment, in a complicated, globalized society, in which opinions are sometimes expressed without knowledge.”

“I think there has to be a balance in rights and obligations that moves away from this moment in which everyone judges and condemns, something that only judges can do,” says this lawyer who is the daughter and mother of a judge.

Motherhood, glass ceiling

Despite all the changes, she believes that motherhood remains “a glass ceiling for women that is very difficult to break.

“I have always said that I am a better lawyer than a mother”this professional confesses that she had to combine her work with raising her twins and became accustomed to making demands while cradling the basket where she had her children with her feet.

“I have always worked so that no one ever tells me that I have benefited from being a woman.” and mother and that is paid for, even if it is not fair,” he reflects.

And in the end, all the important moments of your lifethe good and the bad, are involved in some action in court or some professional matter that had to be resolved.

Villar explains that “The practice of the profession is very complicated, require many hours and dedication”, although she trusts that over time a balance between men and women will also be achieved in parenting.

emotional intelligence

What has changed are the means and tools used in the profession. “Technology allows you to go where you never dreamed before, it allows you to lighten your workload, be faster and more efficient,” she analyzes.

But he assures that The work of a lawyer is irreplaceable and emotional intelligence, intuition and empathy are essential. “Globalization and digitalization are here but the treatment has to be personal and human,” says this lawyer.

He knows it because he has enriched his life with small details, the plant that a client brought him, the wicker trash can that another client’s grandfather gave him, his drawings, his collection of owls, and the satisfaction of his clients for the treatment they received, even after losing the case