Roberta Cooper Ramo (Emeritus)
A graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Colorado, Roberta Cooper Ramo earned her law degree from the University of Chicago. She has received honorary degrees from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, Golden Gate University, the University of South Carolina and Lewis & Clark. She is a partner with New Mexico's largest law firm—Modrall Sperling, P.A. Mrs. Ramo concentrates her practice in the areas of mediation, arbitration, business law, real estate, probate and estate planning. She has particular expertise in working with large institutional and corporate entities in strategic planning and problem solving.
Mrs. Ramo has been the president of the American Law Institute since May 2008. She is the first woman to serve as president. Mrs. Ramo currently serves on the board of the Santa Fe Opera and Think New Mexico, a bipartisan think tank. She is also an independent director of BlackRock Mutual Funds. She served on the New Mexico State Board of Finance from 2003-2009. In 2011, Mrs. Ramo became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science.
In 1995, Mrs. Ramo became president of the American Bar Association (ABA), the first woman in history to head the world's largest organization of attorneys.
Mrs. Ramo was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. Mrs. Ramo also served on the five-member commission appointed by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) chaired by George Mitchell, which has made recommendations for reformation of the USOC. She was then appointed by Senator John McCain to co-chair a committee to reform governance of the International Olympic Committee.
Mrs. Ramo has spoken at the White House, at national professional meetings, and at hundreds of national organizations and forums, including the Detroit Economic Club, the Cleveland City Club and the Houston Club. She has been invited to speak throughout the world—in Paris, London and Beijing—and at many commencements, including Yale Law School and the University of Michigan Law School. In 1997, she was the Schwartz Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. A number of her talks have been published. She has been invited by the Chinese government to lead a team to Beijing to demonstrate an American criminal jury trial and civil trial, and she returned to direct a trial in June 2001.
Mrs. Ramo is recognized in Who's Who in America. She served for six years on the University of New Mexico's board of regents and was president of the board for two years. University of New Mexico is a top 50 research university, and during her tenure she led the university in establishing a science and technology corporation, in going through major real estate management issues, and in instituting new long-range strategic planning. In 1993, she received the Governor's Distinguished Public Service Award for community service in New Mexico. In 2000, Mrs. Ramo was made an honorary member of the Bar of England and Wales and of Gray's Inn, and she was appointed to the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution's National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.