1 Program with Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro
Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro received her undergraduate degree in 1972 from the School of Business at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, graduating Cum Laude and in 1975, her Juris Doctor Degree from its School of Law. She is admitted to the following courts: the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Quiñones Alejandro relocated to Philadelphia to work as a staff attorney for Community Legal Services, Inc. In 1977, she was recruited to work as an attorney advisor for the Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Hearings and Appeals for the Social Security Administration. A career opportunity presented itself and from 1979 until 1991, Judge Quiñones Alejandro was employed as a staff attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of District Counsel. Throughout 1991, while pursuing a judgeship, she engaged in private practice. In May 1990, the Honorable Robert P. Casey, Governor of Pennsylvania, nominated Judge Quiñones Alejandro for a judicial appointment. The Senate hesitated in its confirmation, and on November 5, 1991, Judge Quiñones Alejandro was elected the first Hispanic female judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Judge Quiñones Alejandro’s first judicial assignment was to the Criminal Trial Division where she served until February 1996, when she has been assigned to the Civil Trial Division. Judge Quiñones Alejandro has handled numerous major jury cases in the areas of: medical malpractice, product liability including Phen-fen and HRT cases, premises liability, slip and fall, personal injury, as well as Discovery Court issues, settlement and pre-trial conferences, motions for summary judgment, and other related matters. Judge Quiñones Alejandro served as Team Leader for the 1999, the 2000, and the 2001 Day Forward Civil Programs. Judge Quiñones has been actively involved in Philadelphia's community affairs and has served on numerous committees and boards. Presently, she sits on the Girard Medical Center Board of Directors; the North Philadelphia Health System Board of Trustees; and the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Inc. Last year, Judge Quiñones Alejandro was the Team Leader for the Philadelphia Bar Association and the School District of Philadelphia’s joint program “Advancing Civics in Education”. Over the years, Judge Quiñones Alejandro has lectured or presented before colleagues and members of the bar on various subject matters.