2007 Public Lawyer of the Year: Ann Ravel

Chief Justice Ronald George, Ann Miller Ravel, and Betty Ann DowningThe Section was pleased to announce Ann Miller Ravel as the 2007 Public Lawyer of the Year Award. Ms. Miller is pictured left at the awards ceremony with Chief Justice Ronald George and 2007-2008 Public Law Section Chair Betty Ann Downing.

Ms. Ravel has spent most of her career dedicated to the practice of public law and to serving her community both professionally and through service. She is currently County Counsel for Santa Clara, where she has worked since 1977. She has served in her current capacity since 1997.

Ann Miller RavelIn addition, she has worked tirelessly on state issues through her appointment to the Judicial Council and through numerous State Bar committees. In addition, she has been active in her local bar and has served as a judge pro tem and arbitrator for the Superior and former Municipal courts.

Finally, Ms. Ravel is also involved in numerous community organizations, including volunteering in varying capacities for local school programs and boards.

The Public Lawyer of the Year Award event, was held at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Anaheim.

Ann Miller RavelBiographical Statement of Ann Ravel

Ann M. Ravel is the County Counsel of the County of Santa Clara. She graduated from Hastings Law School in 1974, and has practiced civil law in various areas of the law since that time, with an emphasis in political law and ethics, labor and employment, and civil rights litigation. She has broadened the scope of the Santa Clara County Counsel's office to include the award-winning Elder Abuse litigation team, the Educational Rights Project, and Impact Litigation, plaintiff's litigation on behalf of the County and the citizens of the community to enforce their legal rights.

Chief Justice Ronald George and Ann Miller RavelAnn received the Woman of Achievement Award from the San Jose Mercury News and the Commission on the Status of Women for “professions” in 1980, the Elizabeth Ent award for contributions to law and justice in 1995, the 2001 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award presented by the Santa Clara County Bar Assn., the American Bar Assn. Award for State and Local Government Law Advocacy presented in 2002, the Unsung Hero Award by the Santa Clara County Bar Assn., and the Circle of Service Achievement Award by the California State Association of Counties in 2004.

Ann is currently a lawyer representative to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, a member of the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity in the Legal Profession in Silicon Valley, and member of the State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. Additionally, she has many Bar Association and teaching affiliations, and has served on numerous commissions and task forces with a particular emphasis on standards of professionalism and ethics.