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Hiram Puig-Lugo

Judge Hiram Puig-LugoThe Honorable Hiram Puig-Lugo

President, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Judge Hiram E. Puig-Lugo joined the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1999 and is the former Presiding Judge of the Family Court. Judge Puig-Lugo chairs the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Working Group within the Court. He has chaired the Neglect Subcommittee and convened a working group to address the needs of LGBT youth in the neglect and juvenile delinquency systems. He has taught at the American University Washington College of Law, the Georgetown University Law Center, the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, the George Washington University Law School, the University of Puerto Rico Law School, and the National Judicial College Pacific Islands Law Institute. Judge Puig-Lugo received the Judicial Leadership Award from the Hispanic National Bar Foundation in 2014, and the Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia in 2011. Judge Puig-Lugo is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was the first Latino member of the Wisconsin Law Review. He is from San Germán, Puerto Rico, and is equally fluent in English and in Spanish.

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