Gustavo A. Gelpí

Académico de Número

Académico de Número


  • Juris Doctor, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (1991)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (1987)

Carrera Profesional

  • United States District Judge – Puerto Rico  (2006 – present)
  • United States Magistrate Judge – Puerto Rico  (2001 – 2006)
  • Special Litigation Counsel, MCConnell Valdés – Puerto Rico  (2001)
  • Solicitor General – Puerto Rico  (1999 – 2000)
  • Assistant Attorney General, Puerto Rico Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel  (1997 – 1999)
  • Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Puerto Rico  (1997)
  • Special Counsel, United States Sentencing Commission – Washington, DC  (1996)
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender – Puerto Rico  (1993 – 1996)
  • Law Clerk to United States District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez – Puerto Rico  (1991 – 1993)


  • Police Reform as Seen Through the Eyes of a Federal Judge, The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 63 Issue 8 (Sept 2016)
  • An Experiment in Territorial Governance: The Panama Canal Zone and its Federal Court, The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 63 Issue 5 (June 2016)
  • The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Article III Federal Court in Puerto Rico , The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 63 Issue 6 (July 2016)
  • The Insular Cases: A Comparative Historical Study of Puerto Rico, Hawai`i and the Philippines, The Federal Lawyer Vol. 58 No. 3 (March / April 2011)
  • The Federal Judiciary of the Confederate States of America During the Civil War Period , The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 53 No. 9 (October 2006)
  • The Maritime Law of Puerto Rico, 28 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 647 (1997)
  • Co Author of the Sentencing Tips for Beginning Federal Practitioners, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Magazine Vol. 11 No. 4 (Winter 1997)
Pedro Albizu Campos, El Abogado Federal y El Notorio Caso De Velázquez V. People of Puerto Rico

Patriota y mártir para unos. Sedicioso y criminal para otros. Los Go-biernos de Estados Unidos y Puerto...


Article IV of the Constitution confers upon Congress the power to enact all needful rules and regulations...

Discurso de Instalación Honorable Gustavo Gelpí

Patriota y mártir para unos. Sedicioso y criminal para otros. Los Gobiernos de Estados Unidos y Puerto...

Comment on Blocher & Gulati’s “Puerto Rico and the Right of Accession”

I feel compelled to address one particularly important matter: Puerto Ricans are natural-born U.S. citizens. This status...