HARRISBURG (May 18, 2021) — Beverly H. Rampaul of the Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office will begin her third year of a three-year term as secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Association at the close of the association’s May 21 House of Delegates meeting.
In addition to her role on the association’s Board of Governors, Rampaul currently serves as co-vice chair of the PBA Planning Committee and is the Board liaison to the PBA Intellectual Property Law Section, Plain English Committee and Statutory Law Committee.
A current member of the PBA Minority Bar Committee, Rampaul served as the committee’s chair from 2009 to 2011 and as co-vice chair from 2006 to 2009.
She is a member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession and served as the 2011-12 co-chair of its Diversity Committee.
In addition, Rampaul is a member of the PBA LGBTQ+ Rights Committee and Tax Law Section.
Rampaul previously 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 was chair of the PBA Diversity Task Force’s Diversity Team and Officer Subcommittee.
She previously served as a member of the PBA Leadership Recruitment and Development Committee.
Rampaul has previously served on the PBA Board of Governors from 2013 to 2016. She 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. In addition, she was a member of the PBA Nominating Committee, Bar Leadership Institute and Corrections System Committee.
Active in other associations of the organized bar, Rampaul is a past chair of the Lancaster Bar Association 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 serves on a variety of American Bar Association committees and sections, including the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, where she was chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and holds memberships in the Women Trial Lawyers, Litigation and Trial Practice, and Law In Public Service Committees. 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 she 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.
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