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About Us

The Legal Coalition for Puerto Rico is a pioneering organization whose mission is to promote and improve access and quality of legal services for non-profit organizations (NPOs) in Puerto Rico. 

We liaise between organizations and attorneys willing to provide free legal services to nonprofit organizations, community organizations, or similar entities. We also offer a group training program on legal topics of high interest to the Third Sector.

The Coalition has been designated by the Office of Court Administration,  as an authorized entity to certify the pro bono hours worked by attorneys who offer their services voluntarily through its Network of Lawyers, per the Regulations for the Assignment of Legal Aid Lawyers of Puerto Rico, approved by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, as amended.

It was incorporated on April 23, 2018, as a non-profit organization and has tax exemptions under Section 1101.01 of the Internal Revenue Code of Puerto Rico and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Our team

Board of Directors

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Celina Romany


Former president of the Puerto Rico Bar Association. Professor at the law schools of the Universities of New York, Pennsylvania,Connecticut and American University. Has recognized publicationswidely. He currently has a legal practice that has allowed him to combine the academic world and litigation.

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Mari Evelyn Rodriguez

Vice President

Principal Retail Banking Officer for Oriental Bank. Previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Marsh Saldaña, an insurance brokerage, and risk management firm. Has an extensive career in financial services, working at FirstBank, Advent-Morro Capital Partners, and Banco Popular. Ms. Rodríguez was also treasurer of the board of the non-profit organization Centros Sor Isolina Ferré.

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Sandra López- Bird


Lawyer in Puerto Rico and New York. Offered courses at the Interamerican University. Board member of the City University of New York (CUNY), Boricua College, Latino Justice Fund, Aspira,  United States Commission on Civil Rights (New YorkRegion), among others.

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Luis Pérez Giusti


Has been a lawyer since 1992. Currently works at the law firm Adsuar, Muñiz & Goyco, whose practice focuses on employer labor law including union-organized sectors, discrimination, wage and hour cases, and workplace accidents before local and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies. Former president of the Board of the Labor Relations Practitioners Association and member of the Labor Section of the American Bar Association. Cha of the Board of PECES.

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Carmen Oller


Lawyer and publicist, President of the Oller Foundation.

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Rosangela Sanfilippo


Graduate from the Faculty of Law of the University of Puerto Rico. He worked in the Chamber ofe Representatives of the United States., in the US District Court for Puerto Rico, and in the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Most recently, she served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Insurance Companies of Puerto Rico and as a pro bono advisor to the Ricky Martin Foundation.

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Fernando Rovira-Rullan


He is a capital member of the firm Ferraiuoli LLC and heads the firm's Corporate Department. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the UPR Law School where for fifteen years he has taught advanced courses on Business Organizations and Mergers and Acquisitions.

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Jorge Ruiz


He has been a lawyer in the area of renewable energy projects and has extensive experience in the field of real estate law. He is Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Ricky Martin Foundation and co-director of Libertad 2018, the Foundation's first fundraising gala. He is also an attorney on the Board of Directors of the Construction Materials Traders Association.

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Liana Fiol-Matta


Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, between 2014 to 2016. Recognized for her career in the judiciary and as a professor in the law schools of the University of Puerto Rico, Interamerican University, and the Pontifical Catholic UniversityAuthor of numerous legal writings.

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Rafael Arrillaga


Specialized in finance, law and public policy. General Counsel and Compliance Officer at Dynamics Payments. He has extensive experience in corporate, banking and securities law, as well as experience in litigation. In addition, he advises companies in relation to all aspects of purchase and sale processes. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

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José Coleman Tió


Executive Vice President and General Legal Counsel of Popular, Inc. 

Advisory Board

Lcda. Vivian Neptune

Dean of the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico


Lcdo. Julio Fontanet

Dean of the School of Law of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico


Lcdo. Fernando Moreno

Dean of the School of Law of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

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