Recordamos al juez federal Salvador Casellas (1935-2017)

Biografía del juez federal Salvador Casellas tomada de la página del Tribunal federal para el Distrito de Puerto Rico (en inglés):

Judge Salvador E. Casellas was born on June 10, 1935, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the son of Salvador Casellas-Nogueras and Haydée Moreno-Diaz. He graduated from the Academia del Perpetuo Socorro in 1953, with High Honors, third in his graduating class and its treasurer. He attended Georgetown University, graduating in 1957, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.), concentrating in International Affairs. He participated in the ROTC Program at Georgetown, and was the Distinguished Military Graduate of his graduating class, received the Award as the most outstanding student in Military Science, and received a Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Armor Branch. He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1962, and remained in the United States Army Reserve from 1963 to 1965 in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

After graduating from Georgetown, he attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review. He received his LL.B. Degree, magna cum laude, in 1960, receiving the award as the most outstanding student in the Common Law and Civil Law subjects, and the Puerto Rico Bar Association’s award as the most outstanding student in his class. He has authored several scholarly articles published in the University of Puerto Rico Law Review, the Puerto Rico Bar Association Law Review, the Social Sciences Review, and the Review of the Puerto Rico Academy of Jurisprudence. In 1961, he received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

He was admitted to practice by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in 1962, and to the bar of the United States District Court in 1963. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1963), the United States Court of International Trade (previously the United States Customs Court) (1964), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (previously the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals) (1968), the United States Supreme Court (1977), and the United States Tax Court (1981).

He was married to Carmen Ana Toro, who passed away on 2012, and has two sons: Salvador Fernando and Pablo José. Judge Casellas practiced law from 1962 to 1972 –from 1977 to 1994– as a partner in the Fiddler González & Rodríguez law firm. In 1971, while in private practice, he was appointed by the United States District Court to establish this Court’s Public Defender Panel and System.

From 1973 to 1976, Judge Casellas served as the Secretary of the Treasury of Puerto Rico. His extraordinary public service also includes being a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (1967-1972), serving as a member of the Law School Evaluation Commission (1970-1971), member of the Puerto Rico Crime Commission (1970-1976), Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Finance Council (1973-1976), Director of the Government Development Bank (1976), member of the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council (1986-1989), member of the Puerto Rico Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution (1987-1989), service as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (1985-1990) (he was granted Emeritus Status in 1990), member of the Puerto Rico Police Advisory Council (1991-1992), trustee of the Puerto Rico National Guard Trust (1991-1992), and member of the Municipal Reform Commission (1992).

His service as a Director of the First Federal Savings Bank of Puerto Rico from 1982 to 1983, was recognized as outstanding by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.

His vast and exemplary service to the community includes serving as a Director of the Ana G. Méndez Educational Foundation (1980-1983), Director of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation (1984-1987), Director of the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation (1984-1994, serving as its Chairman from 1984 to 1987), Director of the Puerto Rico Bar Association Foundation (1985-1988), Director of the Puerto Rico Legal Aid Society (1992-1993), Director of the Committee on Economic Development (1983-1994), Director of the Centros Sor Isolina Ferré (1989-1994), Director of the Alliance for a Drug Free Puerto Rico (1993-1994), and, since 1993, remains as a Director of the Angel Ramos Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and an Academician of the Academia Puertorriqueña de Legislación y Jurisprudencia.

In 1990 he was awarded the Commander’s Medal by the Second United States Army and, in 1992, the Puerto Rico National Guard Medal.

President William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton nominated Judge Casellas to be a district judge in 1994. After his nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate, he received his commission on September 29, 1994. Judge Casellas took senior status on June 10, 2005.

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