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City Club of Cleveland - Puerto Rico: The Unspoken Challenge to the United States
Puerto Rico: The Unspoken Challenge to the United States
Dr. Efr?n Rivera Ramos
Dean and Professor of Law, University of Puerto Rico School of Law

Efr?n Rivera Ramos has written extensively on the constitutional and political relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico, including an influential book entitled The Legal Construction of Identity: The Judicial and Social Legacy of American Colonialism in Puerto Rico. He teaches courses and seminars on Jurisprudence, Sociology of Law, Constitutional Law, Evidence and The Legal Profession, among others.

As a lawyer Ramos has dedicated his professional life mostly to public interest litigation and providing services to low-income clients through the Puerto Rico Legal Services Corporation, Legal Project of the Inter-Regional Council for the Defense of Haitian Refugees, and Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Puerto Rico. He has been president of the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Institute for Civil Rights and secretary of the board of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of Penal Reform International, a London based NGO.

In 2006, Ramos was awarded the Deborah L. Rhode Award, granted by the Section on Public and Pro-Bono Service of the American Association of Law Schools, for outstanding work in the promotion of access to justice from a position in legal education. He is currently vice president and secretary of the General Council of the University of Puerto Rico Press, vice president of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, a member of the Organizing Committee of the Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory, and a member of the Program Committee of the International Association of Law Schools.

Ramos holds a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master's degree in law from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Law and Social Theory from the University of London.
November 20, 2006