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The First Endowed Professorship at St. Thomas University College of Law Awarded To Dr. Roza Pati

By February 18, 2024Featured

In the picture: David A. Armstrong, June Mary Makdisi, Roza Pati, John Makdisi and Tarlika Nunez-Navarro.

Dr. Roza Pati, the founding director of The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy, has been awarded the first endowed professorship at St. Thomas University College of Law. The professorship is named St. John Paul II Distinguished Professor of Law in recognition of the direction this Pope provided for the Catholic identity of universities in Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Made possible through the generosity of esteemed Professors John and June Mary Makdisi, this endowed professorship is created for the purpose of supporting and retaining in perpetuity a faculty member in the St. Thomas University College of Law, whose teaching, scholarship and/ or service promote the Catholic identity of the University. David A. Armstrong, J.D., President of St. Thomas University, awarded Dr. Pati this first distinguished professorship of law in consultation with the Dean of the College of Law, The Honorable Tarlika Nunez-Navarro, and approval by His Excellency Thomas Gerard Wenski, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Miami.

In the award letter addressed to Dr. Pati, inter alia, President Armstrong wrote: “The focal points of your scholarship, teaching, and service promote human dignity as an inalienable God-given right. Your legal analysis and service are always mindful of God’s truth. You lead by example and nurture the development of others to become ethical leaders for life.”

In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Dr. Roza Pati to serve as Member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and she is presently Member of Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, appointed by Pope Francis in 2020. At St. Thomas Law, Dr. Pati also serves as director of the LL.M./ J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights.