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Miriam Naveira de Rodón

Miriam Naveira de Rodón graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. After graduation she earned a degree in law from the University of Puerto Rico, the L.L.M., from Columbia University, and the doctorate from Leiden University (Netherlands).  She then began a career of public service leading subsequent generations in breaking gender barriers each step of the way.   She was the first woman to serve Puerto Rico as Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, the first woman to serve as Solicitor General, the first woman to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and the first and only woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Her pioneering work for the Commonwealth was of a theme.  In Fuster v. Busó, she successfully defended the guarantee of minority representation in the Legislature of Puerto Rico.  In Sanchez Cruz v. Torres Figueroa, she helped to establish the principle of equity of the sexes within marriage.   In Elba A.B.M. y Otros v. University of Puerto Rico, she helped to establish the responsibility of a university to protect its students from foreseeable sexual assault.   In People v. Esmurria her individual decision led to a national debate on domestic violence and comprehensive reform legislation addressing the chronic tragedy of domestic violence.  And as Chief Justice, she established a commission to analyze, define, and address gender bias in every dimension of the judicial system. 

Miriam Naveira de Rodón's life of achievement and service exemplify the motto of the College, Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge.  For her achievements she was celebrated on Ad Laudem Dei of 2008.