|Pres. Maria Elizabeth Rocha|
The Superior Tribunal Militar (STM) will be headed by a woman for the first time in its 206-year history. On Wednesday, May 28, Ministra Maria Elizabeth Rocha was confirmed as the court's next president. Her investiture will take place on June 16.
She succeeds Army General Raymundo Nonato de Cerqueira Filho, who retires on June 11, before completing his two-year term. Ministra Rocha is currently the court's vice president, and will serve until March 2015, completing the term of her predecessor, who took office in March 2013.
The court's presidency rotates between civilian ministers and those from the Navy, Army, and Air Force.
Nominated by former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Ministra Rocha took office in 2007. She has a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the Law School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais.