HARRISBURG (May 8, 2019) — Beverly H. Rampaul of the Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office will begin a three-year term as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Association at the close of the association’s Annual Meeting, May 17, in Lancaster.
Rampaul has previously served on the PBA Board of Governors from 2013 to 2016 and currently sits on the PBA House of Delegates. She is the co-chair of the PBA Minority Bar Committee Government Attorneys Subcommittee.
She served as chair of the PBA Minority Bar Committee from 2009 to 2011 and as co-vice chair from 2006 to 2009. She also served on the PBA Diversity Team from 2011 to 2016 as a diversity ambassador from 2011-2013, vice chair from 2014 to 2015 and chair from 2015 to 2016. She was on the PBA Diversity Task Force and is a past chair of the PBA Diversity Task Force’s Diversity Team and Officer Subcommittee. She is a member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession and served as a co-chair from 2011 to 2012 of its Diversity Committee. She also is a member of the PBA Leadership Recruitment and Development Committee and the GLBT Rights Committee.
Rampaul served in the PBA Young Lawyers Division from 2000 to 2010 as a division delegate, Zone Three co-chair and Zone At-Large co-chair. She was also a member of the PBA Nominating Committee, Bar Leadership Institute and Corrections System Committee.
She is a past chair of the Lancaster Bar Association’s Diversity Committee and the Professionalism Section. She also is a member of the LBA Criminal Law Section and past member of the Young Lawyers Section.
She is active in the American Bar Association and a variety of its committees and sections, including the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section where she currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She also is a member of the ABA Young Lawyers Division Fellows, ABA Section of Litigation and ABA Criminal Justice Section.
Rampaul is a member of the Public Defenders Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is a former member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Rampaul is a graduate of Lafayette College and the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, where she served as the senior associate editor of the Dickinson Journal of International Law. She also is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and the National Judicial College’s ABA/ABOTA National Trial Academy.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state's largest organized bar association.