Roberta Ramo Guest Lecturer at University of Chicago

Roberta Cooper Ramo returned to her alma mater, the University of Chicago Law School, to present as the Ulysses and Marguerite Schwartz Memorial Lecturer on April 25, 2017.  During a talk in which she recalled inspiring events from her own half-century legal career as well as the highs and lows of American legal history, she urged future lawyers to consider the impact of their own choices, both personally and professionally.  Ramo told the crowd, “Lawyers were the prime architects of American democracy during the founding – and today they are critical foot soldiers, sworn to protect the U. S.  Constitution at a time when many of the nation’s most fundamental values are under attack.”

Other Schwartz Lecturers include Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia; New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer; the President of the American Civil Liberties Union, Nadine Strossen; Civil Rights Lawyer William Kunstler; President Carter’s Domestic Policy Advisor, Stuart Eisenstadt; Nelson Mandela’s attorney during the fall of apartheid, Gibson Karnau Kuria; and Australian Justice Michael Kirby;  among others.

Roberta, a shareholder at Modrall Sperling, concentrates her practice in the areas of mediation, arbitration, business law, real estate, probate and estate planning. She also is called on to assist large corporations with their strategic and long-term legal planning.  Roberta was the first woman to serve as president of the American Bar Association and the first women to serve as President of the American Law Institute, a post she has held since 2008.  In 2015 she was chosen to receive the ABA Medal, the highest award of the American Bar Association.