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Roberta Cooper Ramo

Modrall Sperling


Roberta Cooper Ramo is a Shareholder at Modrall Sperling Law Firm.  She practices in the areas of arbitration, mediation, real estate, probate and estate planning.  She is called on to assist corporations with their strategic and long term legal planning and governance.  Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Arbitration and Mediation.

Roberta was the first woman elected as President of the American Bar Association, the first woman elected as President of the American Law Institute, and the only person to have served as both.  She served as president of the American Bar Association from 1995 to 1996, the largest nationwide organization of attorneys.  She served as president of The American Law Institute from 2008 to 2017, and is now the organization’s Chair.  She has a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, a J.D. from the University of Chicago law school, and five honorary degrees.  In 2015, Roberta received the American Bar Association’s highest award, the ABA Medal. 

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and the American Bar Foundation.  Roberta is a panel member for the American Arbitration Association.  Roberta is Board Chair of Think New Mexico, a non-partisan think tank, a member of the Board of the Santa Fe Opera and a past Chair of Albuquerque Economic Development and is a member of its Executive Committee.

Roberta was appointed by the United States Senate and served as co-chair of a committee to review governance issues of the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2003.  She is an honorary member of the Bar of England and Wales, and of Gray’s Inn.  She served on the Board of Regents for the University of New Mexico from 1989 to 1995, and as President of the Board from 1991 to 1993.  She also served on the New Mexico Board of Finance.

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