Juan R. Torruella

Hon. Juan R. Torruella
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Address: Jose V. Toledo U.S. Post Office & Courthouse
300 Recinto Sur Street, 5th Floor
San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (787) 977-6146
Web site: http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/

Position Education Honors
Published Works Affiliations
Lawyer Profile:

Judge Torruella was appointed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in October 1984 and served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 2001. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 and his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1957. Judge Torruella also earned his LL.M from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984 and his M.P.A. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Public Administration in 1984. He worked in private practice from 1959 to 1974. Judge Torruella was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in 1974, where he served as Chief Judge from 1982 to 1984, when he was elevated to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Chambers phone number: (787) 977-6146.

Current Employment Position(s):
Circuit Judge

Appointed 1984 by Ronald Reagan
Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1957

University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1984
Major: Judicial Process

University of Puerto Rico School of Public Administration, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1984

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1954

Published Works:
The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico: The Doctrine of Separate and Unequal, Editorial Universitaria, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1985

A Dissenting Concurrence: An Opinion About The Bicentennial, Federal Bar Journal, October, 1987

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Lecturer, University of Puerto Rico School of Law, 1984 - Present

Honors and Awards:
500th Anniversary Medal

Silver Shingle Award, Boston University

LL.D. (Hon.), St. John's University

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Federal Bar Association

Association of Labor Relations Practitioners, Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands, Member

District of Columbia Bar

Puerto Rico Bar Association

Judicial Conference, Appointed Member, 1980
Committee on the Administration of the Federal Magistrates System

Committee on International Judicial Relations, 1994 - Present

Past Employment Positions:
District of Puerto Rico, Chief Judge, 1982 - 1984

District of Puerto Rico, United States District Judge, 1975 - 1984

Private Practice, 1959 - 1974

National Labor Relations Board, Attorney, 1958 - 1959

U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Chief Judge, 1994 - 2001

Birth Information:
1933, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America

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