INTER-AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO - SCHOOL OF LAW

INTER-AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO - SCHOOLOF LAW

P.O. BOX70351

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO 00936-8351

Telephone: (787) 751-1912(2004)

Fax: (787) 751-2975

URL: http://www.derecho.inter.edu


 

ABA Approved Since 1978


 

Established in 1912 in San German, Puerto Rico, as an elementary and secondary school, the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, has grown to become one of the largest private institutions in the United States. Under the direction of its founder, the Rev. J. Will Harris, the University, originally called the Puerto Rico Politechnical Institute, established itself as a non‑profit, Christian and Ecumenical, private institution. In 1921 university level courses were offered for the first time and in 1927 the first degrees were awarded. Accredited for the first time in 1944 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Inter American University has kept its accreditation in good standing ever since.

 

Located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Inter American University School of Law was established in 1961 as an evening program with 9 professors and 200 students. From such modest origins, the School of Law has grown‑‑specially qualitatively‑‑to become a major option for the study of law in Puerto Rico. The School of Law at present has 850 students and 30 full‑time professors. The fact that a small class of 175 students is selected from over 1,000 candidates in recent years, has contributed to the adoption of higher admission standards. The School of Law was fully approved by the ABA in 1978 and has kept its accreditation in good standing thereafter.

 

In 2005 the School of Law adopted a new curriculum which implemented the clinical approach for the instruction of law. In the first year of studies, education process emphasizes on the importance of acquiring sound research skills, through a two‑semester course on research, analysis and writing.

 

The new library holds over 200,000 volumes and occupies about 35,000 square feet. It is equipped with the most recent technological developments in order to facilitate study and investigation to students, professors and practitioners.

 

The development of sound litigation skills is one of the distinctive characteristics of the School of Law curriculum. Students enroll in a required three‑credit course on the theory of litigation. Subsequently they have the opportunity to practice for one or two semesters with actual cases in the Legal Aid Clinic. The Clinic is integrated to the San Juan Community Law Office, a Legal Services funded program. This joint venture between the University and Legal Services Corp. has contributed to the development of innovative clinical projects which provide services to groups such as the elderly, juveniles, and AIDS victims. Not only do students work on trial litigation skills; they also have the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the problems faced by the underprivileged. In fact for the last several years the Inter American School of Law has been implementing through its curriculum, strategies that have recently been adopted by the ABA.

 

Several student organizations provide opportunities for engaging in professionally and personally gratifying experiences. The National Association of Law Students, the Student Council, the ABA Law Students Division, the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Hispanic National Bar Association share the enthusiastic participation of a large portion of the student body. Students have effectively participated in litigation skills competitions held locally and in the mainland. Others take advantage of summer studies arrangements with European schools of law, and The People's Republic of China.

 


Dean:

Luis M. Negron‑Portillo (787) 751‑1912(2000)

Admissions:

Angela Torres (787) 751‑1912(2013)

Financial Aid:

Ricardo Crespo (787) 751‑1912(2014)

Library:

Hector R. Sanchez (787) 751‑1912(2042)

Placement:

Rosyvee Guzman (787) 751‑1912(2011)

Alumni Affairs:

Sheila Gomez (787) 751‑1912(2032)


FULL TIME FACULTY

 

LUIS M. NEGRON‑PORTILLO, (Dean and Professor of Law), born Puerto Rico, May 13, 1956; admitted to bar, 1981, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1978; J.D., 1981; M.P.A., 1983); Yale University (LL.M., 1984); Stanford University (J.S.D., 1994). COURSES: Corporations, Commercial Law, Jurisprudence, Professional Responsibility, Comparative Law, Sociology of Law. Email: lmnegron@inter.edu


EVELYN BENVENUTTI‑TORO, (Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor), born Jersey City, New Jersey, December 14, 1958; admitted to bar, 1986, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus (B.A., 1981); Catholic Universityof Puerto Rico (J.D., 1984); Pontificia Universidad Catolica (LL.M., 1991). COURSES: Contract Law, Animal Law, Legal Research and Writing. Email: ebenven@inter.edu

 

SYLVIA E. CANCIO, (Professor of Law), born Aquadilla, Puerto Rico, July 20, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, Puerto Rico. Education: Colegio Universitario del Sagrado Corazon (B.A., 1972); Inter‑American University of Puerto Rico School of Law (J.D., 1974); Tulane University (M.C.L., 1982). COURSES: Family Law, Inheritance Law, Wills and Testaments.

 

ANDRES CORDOVA, (Associate Professor), born Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 29, 1960; admitted to bar, 1995, Puerto Rico. Education: College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1982); Boston College (M.A., 1985); University of Puerto Rico Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Contracts, Sociology of Law.

 

MARIA DE LOS ANGELES DIEZ‑FULLADOSA, (Associate Professor), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 9, 1948; admitted to bar, 1989, Puerto Rico; 1990, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico; Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1994, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Manhattanville College (B.A., 1969); Inter‑American University (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Family Law, Property Law, Obligations and Contracts, Clinic in Negotiation & Mediation. Email: mdlangel@inter.edu

 

ANTONIO FERNOS, (Professor of Law), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 20, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, Puerto Rico. Education: University of PuertoRico (B.A., 1966; J.D., 1969); New York University (LL.M., 1970); University Complutense (J.S.D., 1971). COURSES: Constitutional Law, International Private Law, History of Puerto Rican Law, Organization and Legal Method.

 

MARIA D. FERNOS, (Associate Professor), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 6, 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1966; J.D., 1970); Columbia University (LL.M., 1971). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law. Email: mdfernos@inter.edu

 

MARTA FIGUEROA‑TORRES, (Associate Professor), born Gurabo, Puerto Rico, March 12, 1965; admitted to bar, 1990, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico‑ RUM (B.S.B.A., 1986); University of Puerto Rico (J.D., 1989); Harvard University (LL.M., 1991). COURSES: International Trade Law, Private International Law. Email: figuueroatorresm@microjuris.com

 

JULIO FONTANET‑MALDONADO, (Associate Professor), born Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, May 19, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Central Florida (B.A., 1983); Inter‑American University (J.D., 1986); University of Chicago (LL.M., 2002); University of the Basque Country, Spain (Doctorate in Law, 2008). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Clinics and Trial Advocacy.

 

MIGDALIA FRATICELLI‑TORRES, (Professor of Law), born Ponce, Puerto Rico, September 24, 1950; admitted to bar, 1974, Puerto Rico. Education: Catholic University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1970); University of Puerto Rico School of Law (J.D., 1973); Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Doctorate in Law, 2002); University de Droit, D'Economie et des Sciences Sociales de Paris (Diplome, 1979); Harvard University Law School. COURSES: Family Law, Succession Law, Contracts, Comparative Law, Seminars, Civil Law, Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy.

 

MARGARITA E. GARCIA‑CARDENAS, (Professor of Law), born Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 26, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1973; J.D., 1977); Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Ph.D., 2001). COURSES: Real Property, General Theory of Obligations and Contracts, Contracts‑‑Typical and Atypical and Mortgage Law.

 

BLANCA GARI‑PEREZ, (Assistant Professor), born Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, December 9, 1946; admitted to bar, 1988, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1968; M.A., 1977); Inter‑American UniversitySchool of Law (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Clinical Education. Email: bmgari@inter.edu

 

YANIRA REYES GIL, (Professor), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 24, 1971; admitted to bar, 1996, Puerto Rico. Education: University of PuertoRico (B.A., 1992; J.D., 1996); Purdue University (Ph.D., 2002). COURSES: Legal Research, Sociology of Law and Ethics. Email: yreyes@inter.edu

 

MARILUCY GONZALEZ‑BAEZ, (Dean of Students, Assistant Professor), born Puerto Rico, December 19, 1960; admitted to bar, 1989, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1984); Inter American University (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Clinical. Email: maridonza@inter.edu

 

CARLOS I. GORRIN‑PERALTA, (Professor of Law), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 28, 1950; admitted to bar, 1974, Puerto Rico. Education: College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1971); University of Puerto Rico (J.D., 1974); Harvard University (LL.M., 1985). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Family Law, Legal Research, Analysis and Writing.

 

CARLOS J. IRIZARRY‑YUNQUE, (Distinguished Professor), born Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, June 24, 1922; admitted to bar, 1949, Puerto Rico; 1967, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Universityof Puerto Rico (B.A., 1943; LL.B., 1949). COURSES: Torts, Remedies.

 

ALBERTO O. JIMENEZ‑SANTIAGO, (Associate Professor of Law), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 26, 1950; admitted to bar, 1974, Puerto Rico; 1978, Massachusetts. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1970; J.D., 1973); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Remedies.

 

MANUELITA MUNOZ‑RIVERA, (Professor of Law), born Puerto Rico, August 13th; admitted to bar, 1971, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.B.A., 1958; J.D., 1970); Georgetown UniversityLawCenter (M.L.T., 1982). COURSES: Tax, Corporate, Banking. Email: mamunoz@ns.inter.edu

 

ANTONIO S. NEGRON‑GARCIA, (Distinguished Professor), born Puerto Rico, December 31, 1940; admitted to bar, 1964, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1962; LL.B., 1964). COURSES: Advanced Legal Writing, Seminar Apelative Practice, Seminar in Torts.

 

DORA NEVARES, (Professor of Law), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 7, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Puerto Rico; 1975, U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1968; J.D., 1972); University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1976; Ph.D., 1981). COURSES: Criminal Law and Procedure, Criminology, Juvenile Justice.

 

HERIBERTO QUINONES, (Associate Professor), born Utuado, Puerto Rico, August 7, 1950; admitted to bar, 1977, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.B.A., 1972; J.D., 1977); Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (LL.M., 1993). COURSES: Juvenile Law, Introduction to the Law, Trial Advocacy, Trial Practice, Law Research.

 

DOEL R. QUINONES‑NUNEZ, (Professor), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 29, 1948; admitted to bar, 1976, Puerto Rico. Education: State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A., 1969); Boston University (M.A., 1970); University of Puerto Rico (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Ethics, Alternative Dispute, Litigation Skills, Consumer Law, Mediation Clinic. Email: doquinon@ns.inter.edu

 

CARLOS E. RAMOS‑GONZALEZ, (Professor of Law, Former Dean), born Caguas, Puerto Rico, October 20, 1952; admitted to bar, 1978, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1974); Stockholm University (Diploma, 1975); University of Puerto Rico (J.D., 1978); Universityof California, Berkeley (LL.M., 1987). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Prisoners' Rights, Litigation Theory and Practice. Email: ceramos@inter.edu

 

LUIS RIVERA, (Professor of Law), born Puerto Rico, November 6, 1953; admitted to bar, 1988, Puerto Rico. Education: Universityof Puerto Rico (B.A., 1974; Master in Planning, 1980; J.D., 1987; Ph.D., 1997); Universidad Complutense. COURSES: Estate Planning, Property.

 

JESSICA RODRIGUEZ, (Associate Professor), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2, 1964; admitted to bar, 1989, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1985; J.D., 1988). COURSES: Environmental Law. Email: jrodrig@inter.edu

 

LUIS H. SANCHEZ‑CASO, (Associate Professor), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 23, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1975); Inter‑American University (J.D., 1978); GeorgetownUniversity Law School (LL.M., 1983). COURSES: Administrative Law, Labor and Employment Law, Clinical Courses, Legal Research.

 

H�CTOR RUB�N SÁNCHEZ, (Library Director, Associate Professor), born Caguas, Puerto Rico, December 17, 1945; admitted to bar, 1995, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1967; M.L.S., 1973; J.D., 1994); Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico (M.A.R., 1985). COURSES: Legal History, Law and Religion, Research and Legal Writing.

 

ENRIQUE VELEZ‑RODRIGUEZ, (Professor of Law), born San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 16, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, Puerto Rico; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Education: St. Louis University (B.A., 1971); University of Puerto Rico (J.D., 1974); New York University (M.A., 1978); University of the Basque Country, Spain (Doctorate in Law, 2007). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Law and Literature.

 

ESTHER RIVERA VICENTE, (Assistant Professor), born Puerto Rico, March 15, 1953; admitted to bar, 1977, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1973; J.D., 1976); University of London (LL.M., 1991; Ph.D., 2002). COURSES: Clinical Legal Education, Legal Theory, Human Rights. Email: evicent@inter.edu

 

CHARLES ZENO, (Professor of Law), born January 22, 1957; admitted to bar, 1981, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.B.A., 1978); Inter‑American University School of Law (J.D., 1981); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1990). COURSES: Discrimination Law, Law Clinic, Trial Practice, Compensation Law, Advanced Civil Practice.