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Efrén Rivera-Ramos

Dr. Efrén Rivera-Ramos is Professor of Law at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico; an LL.M. from Harvard University; and a Ph.D. in Law and Social Theory from University College London.

Dr. Rivera-Ramos's expertise is in legal services and as public interest lawyer.He is currently a member of the organizing committee of SELA; Vice-President of the World Association of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists; Consulting Editor for Psychology, Public Policy and Law, published by the Schools of Law of Miami and Arizona; a member of the Program Committee of the recently created International Association of Law Schools; and a member of the Diversity Committee of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

Dr. Rivera-Ramos has belonged to several commissions appointed by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court which have rendered reports on important issues pertaining to the administration of justice.He received the 2006 Deborah L. Rhode Award granted by the Section on Pro Bono and Public Service of the American Association of Law Schools for outstanding contributions to the cause of equal justice from a position in legal education.He has taught courses and seminars on Jurisprudence, Evidence, Sociology of Law, Law and Social Change, Constitutional Law, and the Legal Profession.

Dr. Rivera-Ramos has published extensively on many subjects.He is the author of The Legal Construction of Identity: The Judicial and Social Legacy of American Colonialism in Puerto Rico (APA Books, 2001).He has also lectured widely and presented numerous scholarly papers in Puerto Rico, the United States, Europe and Latin America.A published poet and a former professional journalist, he also writes a regular column in a leading Spanish language newspaper in Puerto Rico.