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Hector Manuel Laffitte, Puerto Rican federal judge. Bar: United States District Court Puerto Rico 1959, United States Court Appeals (1st circuit) 1959, Supreme Court Puerto Rico 1959, United States Military Appeals 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1976.


Laffitte, Hector Manuel was born on April 13, 1934 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Son of Miguel and Gilda (Colomer) Laffitte.


Bachelor, Interamerican University, 1955. Bachelor of Laws, University Puerto Rico, 1958. Master of Laws, Georgetown University, 1960.


Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Laffitte received a B.A. from Polytechnic Institute of Puerto Rico (now Interamerican University) in 1955, an LL.B. from the University of Puerto Rico Law School in 1959, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1960. He was in private practice in Puerto Rico from 1960 to 1983. On May 26, 1983, Laffitte was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico vacated by Hernan G. Pesquera.

Laffitte was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 26, 1983, and received his commission on July 27, 1983. He served as chief judge from 1999 to 2004, assuming senior status on November 15, 2005. Laffitte served in that capacity until his retirement from the bench on February 16, 2007.


Member Governor's Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments, 1977-1983, Governor's Advisory Committee on Labor Policy, 1977-1983. Member Civil Rights Commission of Puerto Rico, 1969-1972. Member magistrate judges committee of Judicial Conference, 1992.

Member American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Arbitration, Association of Labor Relations Practitioners, Institute Judicial Administration.


Married Nydia M. Rossy, June l3, l958. Children: Yasmin, Hector W., Bernice M., Walter M., Giselle M.