Program Coordinator

Myrta Morales-Cruz 

Is the coordinator of the new J.D. program in English that was  launched in August of 2015 at Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law. At Inter American, she founded the Institute for Citizen Education and Participation in 2013 and is in charge of a clinical course affiliated to the Institute.  Morales-Cruz also teaches a course on Lawyers and Social Movements, Introduction to Law, and Legal Research, Analysis and Writing.  She was a professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law from 2002 until 2008 (adjunct from 2002-2003, assistant from 2003-2007, and associate from 2007-2008), where she established the first community based advocacy clinic in Puerto Rico and was in charge of a course on The Legal Profession and the Law and Poverty course.  She also co-taught Law and Social Change.  In 2013 she was reinstated to her position as an associate professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law after prevailing on her administrative appeal.  She requested and was granted an unpaid leave until July of 2014, when she decided to leave UPR.  Morales-Cruz's work has been published in the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, the Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Revista Academia (Buenos Aires, Argentina), the University of Puerto Rico Law Review and the Inter American University of Puerto Rico Law Review.  Her work can also be found in two SELA publications (The Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory (organized by Yale Law School), 2005 and 2012 books).  She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University (Government and French), a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a Magister Juris from the University of Oxford and an M.A. in Sociology of Law from the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law.  She was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School from 1997 until 1999.