In celebration of Women’s History Month, Becker showcases the inspiration, philosophies, and expertise of the women attorneys and lobbyists who help elevate our firm and client service.
Elizabeth “Beth” Lanham-Patrie provides a variety of legal services to community, condominium, homeowner, and cooperative associations. She is well-versed in resolving disputes between associations and owners, and, in her role as general counsel to community associations, strives to draft and amend governing documents that help avoid those difficult situations from the outset. Beth also advises on proper procedures for elections, assessments, maintenance, repair and replacement, insurance, etc., and regularly prepares clients for elections and meetings of the Board and/or members. Beth is also one of only 190 attorneys statewide Board Certified Specialists in Condominium and Planned Development Law.
What woman inspires you and why?
Eleanor Roosevelt. She pressed the United States to join and support the United Nations and became its first delegate. She served as the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She fought for women and African Americans and made her voice heard by taking action, such as chairing committees and writing books on these issues.
If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Eleanor Roosevelt. I’d enjoy discussing her accomplishments and how things have (and have not) changed in the world and United States. I would also like to have dinner with Oprah Winfrey. She has interviewed almost everyone and her show had a huge impact on me. I, like many others, have had several “aha moments”.
What advice (professional or personal) would you give your younger self?
Relax and do not stress out over either the small stuff or the things I cannot control. Usually, it all works out in the end.
What led you to the practice of law and/or to your specific area of law?
I decided in 7th grade I wanted to be a lawyer. I think it was because my mother said I was very argumentative and would make a good lawyer.
What has living through a global pandemic taught you?
A hug is a very important part of life. I miss giving and receiving hugs.
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