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Who Is Liana Fiol Matta?

Liana Fiol Matta was the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, serving from April 11, 2014 to February 1, 2016.

 Liana Fiol Matta born 1946) is a Puerto Rican jurist and formerly the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Fiol was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and is the second woman in Puerto Rican history to serve in the highest court of the island as well as being the second woman to hold the post of Chief Justice.

Miriam Naveira de Merly was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico as well as the first female Chief Justice.

Brief Biography of Liana Fiol Matta

Fiol received her Law degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Magna Cum Laude, and later her Masters and Doctorate degree from Columbia University. She was a law professor in Puerto Rico during the 1980s until she was appointed Judge of the Court of Appeals of Puerto Rico by Governor Rafael Hernández Colón. She held that seat until 2003, when Governor Sila Calderónappointed her to the Supreme Court. She was confirmed by the Senate and began her duties on February, 2004. At present besides being an Associate Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, she is a Tenured Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. On April 11, 2014, Fiol Matta became the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, after being nominated by Governor Alejandro García Padilla, thus succeeding Federico Hernández Denton as court chief justice. Served as Chief Justice until her retirement on February 1, 2016.

Justice Fiol Matta was perceived as the leading liberal voice in the Puerto Rican high court ntil her retirement.

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