CHICAGO (May 1, 2007) — On Wednesday, May 3, 2007, Andrea S. Kramer, a McDermott Will & Emery partner based in the Chicago office, will be presented with the first "Founders Award" from The Women's Treatment Center (TWTC). Ms. Kramer, a founding member and board chair of TWTC, has been supporting TWTC for 16 years. During her tenure, TWTC has expanded its programs and services to further erase the barriers to treatment of women with children.
Ms. Kramer has practiced law for nearly 30 years. She is a member of McDermott’s Tax Department; head of its Financial Products, Trading and Derivatives Group; and co chairs its Energy Services Group. She is active in Firm management, serving as chair of the Firm’s Gender Diversity Committee and a member of its Management Committee. In addition to her many legal accomplishments and her family life, Ms. Kramer has found the time and energy to be extremely active in community and charitable activities. Earlier this year in recognition of her outstanding community service, the Anti-Defamation League awarded her its Women of Achievement Award, and the Cook County Board of Commissioners awarded her its Unsung Heroine Award in 2004. She serves on the board of DanceArt. She recently co-founded the Women's Leadership and Mentoring Alliance and plays a leading role in the Chicago Bar Association's "Call to Action," designed to increase opportunities for women lawyers.
The mission of TWTC is to provide women with a continuum of care, recovery tools, and parenting skills to maintain a sober lifestyle as they rebuild their lives and futures and mend the bonds with their families. The scope of this treatment includes social services, medical care and mental health services, which are offered without regard to race, creed, color, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or ability to pay. TWTC is one of the few substance abuse programs in the United States that can accommodate children in residential treatment, making TWTC particularly responsive to the needs of chemically dependent mothers. For more information, visit www.womenstreatmentcenter.org.