Vanessa Ruiz biography

Vanessa Ruiz


1950 –


Who is Vanessa Ruiz?

Vanessa Ruiz is an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the highest court for the District of Columbia.

Judge Ruiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated from Wellesley College in 1972 with a BA in Philosophy and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975. She was appointed to the Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton on July 12, 1994 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 1994. Prior to being appointed to the Court, Judge Ruiz was Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia and an attorney in private practice, primarily in the Washington, D.C. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Early in her career, Judge Ruiz was one of the first women to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court, arguing Havens Realty Corp. v. Coleman, 455 U.S. 363, a pro bono case dealing with housing discrimination, in which she prevailed.

Judge Ruiz is active in numerous organizations and serves as immediate Past President of the National Association of Women Judges. She is also a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


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Mar 22, 1950
San Juan
  • History of the term "Catholic"
  • Catholicism
  • Georgetown University
  • Wellesley College
  • Georgetown University Law Center

on July 23, 2013

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