Roberta Cooper Ramo
Roberta Cooper Ramo, Lawyer. She is currently the President of the American Law Institute and was previously the President of the American Bar Association (1995-1996). She is the first woman to hold either position.
"I remember interviewing with one fellow who misread his list and probably thought it said 'Robert' and was really nice and explained there was just no way his firm would ever consider hiring a woman."
"Maybe the greatest lesson is I did a lot of things I never would have done if I had had a grand plan. It's the fruition. I am not a one-woman band. As you look around the ABA, there are countless women of major influence. The exciting part is, for one year, when people want to have a lawyer talk to them, it gets to be me."
According to the ABA, "Since 1995 when Ramo broke the glass ceiling for women at the ABA, four subsequent presidents have been women.”
LA Times, Photograph via ABA