Raúl Serrano Geyls ’46, LL.M., was a former associate justice on the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico and a legal scholar who helped guide generations of law practitioners in the commonwealth. He passed away on August 2, 2011, at the age of 90.
Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, in 1921, Serrano Geyls studied law at the University of Puerto Rico and went on to earn his LL.M. at Columbia, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. He served as an adviser to the legislative committee on the Constitutional Convention of Puerto Rico, which drafted the commonwealth’s first constitution, ratified in 1952.
In 1957, Puerto Rico’s governor, Luis Muñoz Marín, appointed Serrano Geyls as an associate justice of the commonwealth’s Supreme Court, where he served until his resignation in 1962.
After leaving the bench, Serrano Geyls became a professor at the law schools of the University of Puerto Rico and the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He also served as a visiting professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. Serrano Geyls’ writing on family law and constitutional law remains influential in Puerto Rico.