We are pleased to announce our 2014 Commencement speaker, The Honorable Juan R. Torruella ('57) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Judge Torruella was born in 1933 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 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.
Judge Torruella worked in private practice from 1959-1974. On November 18, 1974, he was nominated to the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico by President Gerald Ford, receiving his commission on December 20, 1974. He served as chief judge from 1982-1984. On October 30, 1984, Judge Torruella was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Ronald Reagan. He served as chief judge from 1994-2001.
Judge Torruella has served as president of the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Vancouver, Canada, for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and in London, England, for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He was a member of Puerto Rico's Olympic Yachting Team and competed in the 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. He received a silver medal in yacht racing at the 1966 and 1974 Caribbean Games and has since been inducted into Puerto Rico's Sports Hall of Fame.
Judge Torruella has been the recipient of several awards including a Silver Shingle Award from Boston University School of Law in 1985, and in 1998, the International Olympic Committee honored him with the Committee's highest recognition, the Olympic Order.
Judge Torruella's hobbies include oil painting, stamp collecting and sailing.