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S​arah Ames Elected to Board of Hamlin Fistula USA

CHICAGO Ill. — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced today that Chicago partner Sarah Ames has been elected to the board of Hamlin Fistula USA.

Ames is a member of the firm's Business Law Practice Group, where she represents multinational, primarily German-speaking, companies and their U.S. subsidiaries with regard to corporate, commercial, employment, and immigration matters.

The Hamlin Fistula USA Foundation supports the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the Hamlin College for Midwifery, which treats women with disabling birth fistula injuries and provides lifelong care. Dr. Catherine Hamlin, who founded the hospital with her husband in 1974, has provided free surgeries for over 40,000 women and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

"Obstetric Fistula is rarely known in countries like the U.S. where there is help for women with obstructed labor. But in Ethiopia where there is often no access to doctors or midwives, obstructed labor means horrific injuries to the women and all too often the death of the babies." said Ames. "Hamlin Fistula has given so many women a new chance at life and provides long term care for patients. I'm truly honored to be associated with such a remarkable and caring organization."

Ames attended the University of Hamburg Law School in Germany and received her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and her master's degree from the University of Alabama.