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|Current Court Information:|
|District of Puerto Rico|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||7/15/1982 - 8/1/1993|
|Senior:||8/1/1993 - 6/11/2011|
|Preceded by:||92 Stat. 1629|
|Succeeded by:||Salvador Casellas|
|Born:||May 19, 1924|
|Home State:||San Juan, PR|
|Deceased:||June 11, 2011|
|Bachelors:||Catholic U. of America, B.A., 1945|
|Law School:||Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1948|
|Military service:||U.S. Army, 1946-1947|
Early life and education
Pieras served in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant from 1946 to 1947. He served in the 88th Infantry Division in the Mediterranean Theater as a tank commander. The 88th was known as the "Fighting Blue Devils" and was the first unit composed entirely of draftees. He went on to serve in Military Intelligence.
On June 6, 1953 he married Elsie Castaner, with whom they had one son, Jaime. 
Pieras was a private practice attorney in Puerto Rico from 1949 to 1982.
District of Puerto Rico
On the recommendation of the Puerto Rican at-large Congressional delegation, Pieras was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico by Ronald Reagan on June 2, 1982 to a seat to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. Pieras was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 14, 1982 on a majority vote and received commission on July 14, 1982. Pieras was succeeded in this position by Salvador Casellas.
Awards and associations
- Republican National Committeeman for Puerto Rico, 1967-1980
Puerto Rican right to vote
| United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico|
*Igartua de la Rosa v. United States 107 F. Supp. 2d 140(D.P.R. 2000)
|In this case, Judge Pieras established the right of Puerto Ricans to vote for the President of the United States. Pieras used his opinion to highlight what he felt were glaring civil rights violations based on Puerto Rico's status within the United States. The ruling was later overturned at the appellate level.|
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Puerto Rico
|Magistrate judges||Camille Velez-Rive • Bruce McGiverin • Marcos Lopez • Silvia Carreno-Coll •|
|Former Article III judges||
Jaime Pieras • Raymond Acosta • Juan Torruella • Hiram Cancio • Juan Fernandez-Badillo • Gilberto Gierbolini-Ortiz • Hector Laffitte • Hernan Pesquera • Jose Toledo • William Henry Holt • Charles Francis McKenna • Bernard Shandon Rodey • John James Jenkins • Paul Charlton • Peter Joseph Hamilton • Arthur Fuller Odlin • Ira Kent Wells • Robert Archer Cooper • David Chavez Jr. • Thomas Hagan Roberts • Clemente Ruiz Nazario •
|Former Chief judges|