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Nora Rodríguez dies | Present

The first woman to assume the presidency of the Puerto Rico Bar Association (CAAPR), Nora L. Rodríguez Matías, died this Thursday, January 7, 2021, she was known today.

Originally from Jayuya and graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Rodríguez Matías distinguished himself in his selfless service to CAAPR and important social causes, said the board of directors and its president Daisy Calcaño López.

Early in his career he concentrated efforts on the defense of inmates, directing inmate services clinics at the Inter-American University Law Schools and the University of Puerto Rico.

He participated in the federal litigation on confinement conditions in the prisons of Puerto Rico, known as the Morales Feliciano case.

Distinguished collegiate since she was admitted to the profession, belonging to innumerable commissions, among which were, the Special Compulsory Commission of Legal Education in 1992, Commission on the Evaluation of Judicial Appointments for the years 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1998.

She was the first woman to preside over the Puerto Rico Bar Association from 1988 to 1990, swearing allegiance to her position before Judge Peter Ortiz.

She appeared as president of CAAPR before the Special Committee on Decolonization of the United Nations on August 16, 1989 and on August 2, 1990.

As president of the College, Rodríguez Matías managed to bring as speakers to the 149 Assembly the most important political figures on the Island at that time, Rafael Hernández Colón, Carlos Romero Barceló and Rubén Berrios Martínez.

The following year for the 150th Assembly, he invited and had as a speaker the Nobel Peace Prize Reverend Desmond M. Tutu.

Rodríguez Matías was an outstanding lawyer in the civil field and in family law. She maintained her private practice together with her husband, the late Raúl M. Olmo Olmo, under the name Olmo y Rodríguez Matías. He is survived by his sons José, Manuel, Miguel and Pablo.

The Puerto Rico Bar Association, its president Calcaño López, and the Governing Board lamented the death of the former president of the institution.

Rodríguez Matías paved the way for other women lawyers and was a model of improvement and tenacity, by breaking down the gender barriers of the College, taking the first step towards inclusiveness and equality in this century-old institution.

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