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Gustavo Gelpí

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Gustavo Gelpí
Judge Gustavo Gelpí.jpg
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Assumed office
April 13, 2018
Preceded byAida Delgado-Colon
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Assumed office
August 1, 2006
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byHector Manuel Laffitte
Personal details
Gustavo Antonio Gelpí Jr.

(1965-12-11) December 11, 1965 (age 55)[1]
San Juan, Puerto Rico
EducationBrandeis University (BA)
Suffolk University Law School (JD)

Gustavo Antonio Gelpí Jr. (born December 11, 1965) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He is a nominee to be a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Early life and career

Born in 1965, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gelpí received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University in 1987 and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1991 (from which he also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 2006). He was a law clerk to Juan M. Perez-Gimenez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico from 1991 to 1993.[2] Gelpí was then an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender from 1993 to 1997. He worked in Puerto Rico's Department of Justice from 1997 to 1999, first as an assistant to the attorney general, and then as assistant attorney general for the office of legal counsel. During Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Rosselló's second term, Gelpí served as Puerto Rico's Solicitor General from 1999-2000, and in said capacity argued several landmark cases on behalf of the Government of Puerto Rico before the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second and DC Circuits, as well as the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. He was a special litigation counsel in the law firm of McConnell Valdes in 2001, but left that position to become a United States Magistrate Judge, an office that he held for five years, from 2001 to 2006.

Federal judicial service

On April 24, 2006, Gelpí was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the District of Puerto Rico vacated by Hector M. Laffitte. He was endorsed by the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.[2] Gelpí was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on July 20, 2006, and received his commission on August 1, 2006. He has been serving as Chief Judge since April 13, 2018.[3]

In September 2013 Judge Gelpi became National President of the Federal Bar Association, becoming only the second Hispanic and first federal judge to achieve this milestone. He is also a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.[2]

He is the author of a court opinion in the case of Consejo de Salud de la Playa de Ponce vs. Rullan, that holds that Puerto Rico is no longer an unincorporated territory of the United States, and has thus become an incorporated territory. In his opinion, Judge Gelpi notes that his ruling doesn't override the United States Supreme Court's Insular Cases.[4]

Nomination to court of appeals

On May 12, 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Gelpí to be a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit,[5] to the seat vacated by Judge Juan R. Torruella, who died on October 26, 2020.[6] His nomination is currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee. If confirmed, he will be the second judge of Hispanic origin to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the second judge from Puerto Rico ever to sit on the First Circuit.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Judicial Profile: Hon. Gustavo A. Gelpí, Jr
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Department of Justice Biography (accessed Jun 19, 2008)
  3. ^ "Gustavo Gelpí juramenta como juez presidente del Tribunal Federal". (in Spanish). April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  4. ^ CONSEJO DE SALUD PLAYA DE PONCE v JOHNNY RULLAN, SECRETARY OF HEALTH OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO (PDF), The United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, retrieved 2009-12-20
  5. ^ a b "President Biden Announces Third Slate of Judicial Nominees", White House, May 12, 2021 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, May 12, 2021

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Further reading

Legal offices
Preceded by
Hector Manuel Laffitte
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Preceded by
Aida Delgado-Colon
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
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