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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