Manuel Rodríguez Orellana
Manuel Rodríguez Orellana
|At-Large Member of the Puerto Rico Senate|
|Born||March 7, 1948|
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
|Political party||Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP)|
Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP)
|Alma mater||Johns Hopkins University|
|Occupation||Attorney, legislator, lecturer|
Manuel Rodríguez Orellana (born 1948 in Puerto Rico) is a legal scholar, lawyer, lecturer, columnist, published poet and political leader of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement. He is the son of former Dean of the University of Puerto Rico School of Law (1944-1960), Manuel Rodríguez Ramos.
Manuel Rodríguez Orellana’s scholarly career included a tenured position as Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Rodríguez Orellana also served as a Professor of Law at Inter-American University School of Law in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Furthermore, Rodríguez Orellana was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School during the mid-1980s. Harking further back, from the 1970s to the present, Manuel Rodríguez Orellana has represented the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) at international summits such as those organized and held by political parties (including dozens of incumbent parties in government) from around the world affiliated to the Socialist International (SI). Manuel Rodríguez Orellana has also served as a key negotiator, diplomat and as speaker before the United Nations (UN), the United States Congress and as an appointed envoy to deal and enter into extensive discussions with U.S. Executive-Committees (summoned and assembled by Presidential Executive Orders hailing from the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations) charged to deal with Puerto Rico’s political status problem.
Rodríguez Orellana is Secretary for North American Relations and former Senator for the Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP). He also served as Electoral Commissioner for the PIP during most of the 1990s. Currently, apart from his publicly acclaimed tenure as Secretary for North American Relations for the PIP, Rodríguez Orellana is a member of the executive-decisionmaking body within the PIP’s leadership organism.
Rodríguez Orellana has written extensively about the history and the current problems revolving around Puerto Rico’s political status and the future of that country from an economic, legal, political and sociological perspective. He has held a regular column in Puerto Rico’s only English-language daily, the Pulitzer Prize-winning daily The San Juan Star, as well as in that newspaper’s Spanish-language version.
Rodríguez Orellana wrote Por senderos de la descolonización and Después de todo: poemas de noche y de circunstancia.
- Master in Laws, (LL.M.), Harvard Law School
- Juris Doctor (J.D.), Boston College Law School
- Master in Arts (M.A.), Brown University
- Arts bachelor's degree (A.B.), The Johns Hopkins University.
- Latin American and Caribbean Congress in Solidarity with Puerto Rico’s Independence
- Juan Dalmau Ramírez
- Puerto Rico's political status: hearings before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred First Congress, first session, on S. 712, November 14 and 15, 1989. Puerto Rico's political status: hearings before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred First Congress, first session, on S. 712, November 14 and 15, 1989. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1990. p. 27. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
- United States (1997). Puerto Rico Status: Field Hearing Before the Committee on Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, on H.R. 856, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 19, 1997. Puerto Rico Status: Field Hearing Before the Committee on Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, on H.R. 856, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 19, 1997. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 131. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
- The FALN and Macheteros Clemency: Misleading Explanations, a Reckless Decision, a Dangerous Message : Third Report. House report / 106th Congress, 1st session. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1999. p. 587. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
- Articles of Relations for U.S. Territories: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Insular and International Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, Second Session, on H.R. 4442, to Provide Consultations for the Development of Articles of Relations and Self-Government for Insular Areas of the United States, Hearing Held in Washington, DC, May 24, 1994. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1994. p. 95. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
- Rodríguez-Orellana, Manuel. "Por senderos de la descolonización : autorretratos". worldcat. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
- Portraits of Notable Individuals in the Struggle for Puerto Rican Independence
- Statement of Rodriguez-Orellana (Statement by Manuel Rodríguez Orellana, Former Minority Leader in the Puerto Rico Senate, Secretary for North American Affairs Puerto Rican Independence Party, April 25, 2007) while appearing before U.S. Congress, can be found at:
- Personal website