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Héctor Luis Ramos-Vega

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Script error: No such module "Draft topics". Script error: No such module "AfC topic". Héctor Luis Ramos-Vega is a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He was formally appointed on October 20, 2023.[1] The Article III Judges in the District of Puerto Rico selected Magistrate Judge Ramos-Vega to fill the vacancy left by the Honorable Camille Velez-Rivé when she was elevated to United States District Judge.

Prior to joining the bench, Magistrate Judge Ramos-Vega worked for 18 years at the Federal Public Defender's (FPD) Office in the District of Puerto Rico.[2] He was hired in July of 2005 as Assistant Federal Public Defender (AFPD). Subsequently, in August of 2010, Judge Ramos-Vega was promoted to supervisor of the appeals division at the FPD, position he held until August of 2014 when he was named First Assistant. In that role, he served as the principal deputy to the Chief Defender and second in command. From March 2023 to September 2023, Judge Ramos-Vega was the Interim Federal Public Defender. As an AFPD, Judge Ramos-Vega handled hundreds of cases from the initial stages to trial, sentencing and appeal.

From September 2002 to July 2005, Judge Ramos-Vega served as law clerk in the District of Puerto Rico to the Honorable Justo Arenas, Chief United States Magistrate Judge (Ret.)

In May of 2002, Judge Ramos-Vega obtained his J.D. magna cum laude from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. At WMU Cooley, he was editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and interned for the Innocence Project. he also competed in national moot court and trial advocacy competitions.

In June of 1999, Judge Ramos-Vega graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, with a B.A. in humanities, with a concentration in interdisciplinary studies.

Judge Ramos-Vega was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico in January of 2003. He is also a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States (2009), the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2004) and the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (2005).

In August of 2016, Judge Ramos-Vega joined the faculty of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law as adjunct professor teaching criminal law in the English J.D. program and Federal Criminal Procedure and Practice.

Judge Ramos-Vega is a Life Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association (FBA). He also served from 2008 to 2013, as editor of The Federal Lawyer, the FBA's monthly publication, where he authored and published several columns and judicial profiles.

For several years, Judge Ramos-Vega sat on the boards of both the Puerto Rico Chapter of the FBA and the Puerto Rico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PRACDL). He served as resource and lecturer in many continuing legal education courses and trainings and mentored several aspiring candidates to the Criminal Justice Act panel.

In March of 2022, Jude Ramos-Vega was appointed to the United States Court of Appeal for the First Circuit's Rules Advisory Committee.[3]


  1. "News & Announcements: 2023 | District of Puerto Rico | United States District Court".

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