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May 02, 2019

ABA names Montrece M. Ransom recipient of Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award

CHICAGO, May 2, 2019— Montrece M. Ransom, team lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Law Program, was honored by the American Bar Association Health Law Section with its Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award during the section’s Emerging Issues in Health Law conference on March 13 in Orlando, Fla.

The award honors an ABA Health Law Section member, such as Ransom, who has made exceptional efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the section or the legal profession. To this end, Ransom has actively recruited diverse individuals, promoted their advancement within the section and ensured that leadership positions were open to them. Through her position at the CDC, Ransom oversees 15 student-interns per year, encourages them to join the section as student members and works to help these interns secure opportunities both inside and outside of the section. 

Ransom is chair of the ABA’s Health Law Section Government Interest Group, and has provided strong and ongoing support to the section’s diversity initiatives. She earned her J.D. at the University of Alabama School of Law and her undergraduate degree at Columbus State University in Georgia before joining the CDC, where she served as a Presidential Management Fellow. She also later went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

She is a member of the ABA’s Presidential Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness. Ransom has worked to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the legal profession, notably by serving as the only speaker on health law careers at the 5th Annual Historically Black College and University Pre-Law Summit in September 2018. Ransom has worked tirelessly to promote and advocate for diversity in the field of health law, and continues to assist a diverse group of talented legal professionals in ascending the ladders of opportunity in the field.

The award was presented by Health Law Section Vice Chair Hal Katz.

The Health Law Section is the voice of the national health law bar within the ABA. Its 10,600 strong members from across the United States represent clients in all segments of the health care industry, including physicians, hospitals and other institutional providers, teaching and research organizations, managed care organizations and other third-party payors, pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers. In addition, our members work in governmental health care programs, federal and state regulatory bodies and the academic community. 

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