Women are still considered second-class citizens in Brazil even though the country’s embattled president is a woman. Women in the legal profession in Brazil are rarely recognized for their talents, but one woman attorney is rewriting the legal history books. That woman is Luciana Lóssio. Luciana Lóssio earned her law degree in 1999 from the Centro Universitário de Brasília, and she decided that electoral law was her main interest. She went to work for the Attorney General of the Republic for seven years. During those years, she worked for Attorney General Claudio Fonteles and Attorney General Geraldo Brindeiro. Both men saw the potential in Lóssio, and they gave her more responsibility. Luciana developed an acute understanding of the inner workings of the Superior Electoral Tribunal and the Federal Court System during those years.
Luciana Lóssio has been called an overachiever by some of her peers. Most lawyers in Brazil have a hard time earning a law degree, but Lóssio earned three law degrees, and that put her in very rare company in the Brazilian legal profession. Luciana developed technical skills that helped her get through the tangled web of laws that bogged down the Brazilian legal system. She became an expert in electoral law, and she represented some high profile political figures during her 17-year career.
Brazil is known for having more lawyers than necessary. Getting a law degree is not that hard, but Lóssio and other attorneys have pushed to get new regulations in place that make law degrees harder to earn. But her main passion has always been electoral law, and in the Brazilian political system, an expert is sorely needed at this point. The word corruption has been used over and over again to describe elected officials and as the minister of the Superior Electoral Tribunal, it will be Lóssio responsibility to change the way officials conduct government business. The Brazilian political system is going through a major change, and Luciana Lóssio wants to be part of that change.
Lóssio’s role as minister of the Superior Electoral Tribunal will help the country regain some of the credibility it lost during the last eight years.