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Iron Arrow Spring 2019 Luncheon Speaker

Elizabeth M. Rodriguez

Luncheon Speaker

Elizabeth Rodriguez has held many Iron Arrow titles. After being tapped in Fall 1985, she became the first female officer of Iron Arrow when she was elected Son of Chief in the Spring of 1987 for the 1987-1988 term. She was then elected the first female Chief of Iron Arrow in Spring of 1988 for the 1988-1989 term. She was the second female to be elected to the Council of Elders in 1992, and has continued to serve in that role to this day. She is the second longest serving member of the Council of Elders, surpassed in length of service only by David McDonald, who was elected to the Council at its inception in 1985.

During her college years, Liz was involved in Homecoming, Carni Gras, Fun Day, Student Government, and numerous other student activities and organizations. During law school, Liz was very involved with the Moot Court Board and Bar and Gavel.

While at UM, she founded the Beta Theta chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma. She remained active in the sorority for many years serving as chapter advisor, divisional officer, regional officer, and eventually as a national officer on both the sorority and foundation boards. She was awarded several awards including the Active Alumna Award, the Outstanding Advisor Award, and the Order of the Sapphire Award.

Elizabeth is an employment attorney. She manages the Miami office of the labor and employment boutique firm, Ford & Harrison, LLP. She has represented clients in a broad range of issues in jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations, mediations and appeals. Elizabeth counsels employers on a daily basis in both Spanish and English on how best to deal with difficult employees and other sensitive personnel matters. She also conducts investigations and training and drafts handbooks, policies and agreements for clients. She serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

She has been recognized by her peers with an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell and for inclusion in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society consisting of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending Hurricanes games, traveling, photography, watching the cooking channel, and puzzles.

In the Fall of 2010 at the Homecoming Tapping Luncehon, Jaret Davis addressed the Tappees. His words were so highly requested by both members and tappees in attendance that the Tribe has made his address available to all. Jaret's address to the Honored Tappees and to the Tribe can be found here.

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