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October 2016 Bar Bulletin

MAMA Seattle To Honor Roberta Cooper Ramo
at Its Tenth Anniversary Banquet October 26

By Diana Shukis


The Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (“MAMA Seattle”) is proud to announce that during its Tenth Annual Banquet on October 26, it will present Roberta Cooper Ramo, the first woman president of the American Bar Association, with its Betty Binns Fletcher Leadership and Justice Award.

The MAMA Seattle Annual Banquet is an opportunity to honor the organization’s sponsors, to report on the approaches it takes to support women and parent attorneys in their careers, and to allow the nearly 350 members to network and connect with colleagues from the full spectrum of the Seattle legal community. This year’s Annual Banquet is a lunch event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. Tickets and additional information about the banquet are available at http://mamaseattle.org/2016_banquet.html.

Ramo received the American Bar Association’s highest award, the ABA Medal, in 2015. She previously served as ABA president in 1995–1996. She also served as the first woman president of The American Law Institute, elected in 2008, and remains the only person in history to have led both organizations.

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. She has been a trailblazer in the use of technology in law practice, and helped found what is now called the Law Practice Division of the ABA. A champion for judicial independence and adequate funding for legal aid, Ramo has also been the force behind the creation of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence.

MAMA Seattle’s Betty Binns Fletcher Leadership and Justice Award is given each year to an individual who has paved the way to success for, and has served as an inspiration to, other women attorneys striving to excel in their legal careers while balancing family demands. Ramo has been and continues to be an exceptional leader for lawyers in general, and serves as a beacon of light in the legal community for women attorneys and mother attorneys across the country.

Currently a partner at Modrall Sperling in its Albuquerque office, Ramo will be introduced at the banquet by her daughter Jennifer Ramo. Jennifer Ramo, an attorney and lifelong public servant, is the executive director of New Mexico Appleseed, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on improving the lives of the poor and underserved through systemic change.

Founded in 2006, MAMA Seattle is a source of support for attorney mothers — a place where they can network, share experiences, learn from each other, problem solve, and talk about issues they face in a supportive and forward-thinking environment. To this end, MAMA Seattle’s goals are to:

• Enhance the recognition of mother attorneys in the profession and community;

• Promote the advancement of mother attorneys within the profession;

• Facilitate the achievement of work-life balance;

• Provide a forum for informing members and the legal profession about issues of particular concern to mother attorneys and parent attorneys;

• Facilitate the transition for mother attorneys who have taken time off and wish to re-enter the profession;

• Support mother attorneys contemplating alternative work schedules or extended leaves of absence; and

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