Yvonne Ruiz, class of 1977

Yvonne Ruiz was born and raised in New Jersey. Her parents emigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico in the 1950s and she has three brothers. She attended Somerville High School and began her undergraduate career at Brown University in 1973. Ruiz graduated from Brown in 1977 with an A.B. in Spanish Culture and Literature. After taking some time to travel, she enrolled in Boston University Law School and graduated from there in 1984. Upon her graduation from law school, she worked in Philadelphia’s district attorney’s office on child abuse and homicide cases. She did that work for thirty-three years and retired as Assistant District Attorney. Ruiz now serves as Staff Attorney for the Philadelphia Bar Association.