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Salvador Casellas

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Salvador Casellas
Current Court Information:
District of Puerto Rico
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   9/29/1994-6/10/2005
Senior:   6/10/2005-Present
Preceded by:   Jaime Pieras
Succeeded by:   Aida Delgado-Colon
Personal History
Born:   6/10/1935
Hometown:   San Juan, PR
Undergraduate:   Georgetown University, 1957
Law School:   Puerto Rico University Law,1960
Grad. School:   Harvard Law, 1961
Military service:   Army, 1961-1962, Army Reserve, 1963-1965

Salvador Casellas is a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to joining the court, he was a private practice attorney in Puerto Rico. He assumed senior status on June 10, 2005.[1]

Early life and education

Casellas graduated from Georgetown with a bachelor's in Foreign Studies in 1957 and graduated from Puerto Rico Law with his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1960. In 1961, Casellas earned a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.[1]

Military service

Casellas served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1962 on active duty and in the U.S. Army Reserve in the JAG Corps from 1963 to 1965. He participated in ROTC at Georgetown and was the Distinguished Military Graduate of his class.[1][2]

Professional career

Casellas was a private practice attorney licensed in Puerto Rico from 1962 to 1972 and from 1977 to 1994. Casellas was also tje Secretary of the Treasury for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 1973 to 1976.[1][2]

Judicial career

District of Puerto Rico

On the recommendation of the Puerto Rican at-large Congressional delegation, Casellas was nominated by President Bill Clinton on June 21, 1994, to a seat vacated by Judge Jaime Pieras as Piearas assumed senior status. Casellas was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 1994, on a majority voice vote and received commission on September 29, 1994.[3] Casellas was succeeded in this position by Judge Aida Delgado-Colon.

Awards and associations


  • Commander's Medal, Second United States Army, 1990
  • Puerto Rico National Guard Medal, 1992[2]


  • Director of the Ana G Mendez Educational Foundation, 1980-1983
  • Director of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation, 1984-1987
  • Director of the Luis Munoz Marin Foundation, 1984-1994, Chairman, 1984-1987
  • 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 Ferre, 1989-1994
  • Director of the Alliance for a Drug Free Puerto Rico, 1993-1994
  • Director of the Angel Ramos Foundation, 1993-Current[2]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Jaime Pieras
District of Puerto Rico
Seat #7
Succeeded by:
Aida Delgado-Colon