Judge Torruella was appointed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in October 1984 and served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 2001. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 and his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1957. Judge Torruella also earned his LL.M from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984 and his M.P.A. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Public Administration in 1984. He worked in private practice from 1959 to 1974. Judge Torruella was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in 1974, where he served as Chief Judge from 1982 to 1984, when he was elevated to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Chambers phone number: (787) 977-6146.