Manuel Del Valle

Judge Manuel Del Valle graduated from Yale Law School and the London School of Economics. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Princeton. While at Princeton, he and other Puerto Ricans from New York pressured university officials to offer a course on the Puerto Rican history and to admit more minority students. They saw their goal as creating a class of lawyers, doctors, writers, and activists who would use their expertise to lift up their old neighborhoods.

Del Valle is the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the San Juan Hearing Office of the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, Social Security Administration in Puerto Rico. He also teaches courses on federal procedure and jurisdiction at the Interamerican Law School and serves as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association which handles civil, commercial, and labor disputes. As an adjunct professor of law at Yale, Princeton, New York Law School, and Fordham College and Law School, he taught courses on labor law, employment law, civil rights law, international law, and health care law.

Judge Del Valle has worked at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.; as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor; had his own law firm, Del Valle & Zayas; served as the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Division of Human Rights; and as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for AmeriChoice, Inc., a division of United Health Group.

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