Up & Coming: Tamara Cabán-Ramirez
Posted: 5:57 pm Fri, September 14, 2012
By Dan Heilman
Attorney, Cabán-Ramirez Law Firm
Some attorneys say they were born to do the work they do, but in the case of Tamara Cabán-Ramirez, that’s literally true. A native of Puerto Rico, Caban-Ramirez moved to the United States as a teenager. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Latin American studies, Spanish and political science.
Before even attending law school, she worked at a number of Twin Cities law firms, helping lawyers with client care, civil litigation, factual investigation and day-to-day case and law office management.
“I enjoyed the law firm environment, and felt like I really had something to contribute,” Caban-Ramirez said. She enhanced her understanding of international environments as a 2003 summer intern with the International Development Law Organization in Rome, where she researched a variety of international legal issues.
After graduating from Hamline University School of Law at the end of 2004, Cabán-Ramirez set about making a mark with her own firm. She has done so by establishing a presence in the immigration and criminal defense bars, and by offering advocacy help to a number of organizations, ranging from Minneapolis Public Schools — for whom she regularly presents on legal-rights and immigration issues — to the Linea Legal Latina project of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
“Tamara is a pioneer as a Latina attorney,” said attorney Jorge Saavedra, a longtime colleague. “Access to justice and to capable attorneys is still a challenge for [that] community, and Tamara’s work is making substantial strides to meet that challenge.”
Cabán-Ramirez recognizes that she’s been fortunate to reach the professional heights she’s reached, and she wants to smooth the way for immigrants facing the struggle to succeed in the United States.
“I have first-hand understanding of moving to a new country and adopting a second language,” she said. “It’s gratifying to use those things to help other people.”