August 9, 1995 – Roberta Cooper Ramo becomes the first woman to hold the office of president of the American Bar Association.
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Her Presidency saw 14 Restatement of the Law and Principles of the Law projects completed and 20 projects initiated. Ramo was a driving force behind the first-ever Restatement of American Indian Law.
Roberta Cooper Ramo is an American lawyer at Modrall Sperling, a New Mexico law firm with offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and Immediate Past President of the American Law Institute, the first woman to hold that position. She was also the first woman President of the American Bar Association, from 1995 to 1996.[4
On August 1, 2015, Roberta received the American Bar Association’s highest award, the ABA Medal. Roberta previously served as president of the American Bar Association from 1995 to 1996, the first woman in history to lead the largest nationwide organization of attorneys. She also served as the first woman president of The American Law Institute, from 2008 to 2017, and is now the organization’s Chair. In 2011, she was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, adding her name to a prestigious list of members including George Washington and Albert Einstein, among other notables.
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