Luis G. Perez was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, where he lived until he was 10 years old. He came to Worcester in 1959. His family was one of the first Puerto Rican families to settle in Worcester. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s High School, Assumption College and Suffolk University School of Law.
He became the first Puerto Rican attorney to practice law in Worcester. On April 20, 1987, he became the first Puerto Rican judge appointed as Associate Justice in the Worcester Juvenile Court. Under his leadership, the Worcester Juvenile Court received numerous state and national awards, as well as recognition for their innovative community based programs.
For the past several years, the United States government has invited Judge Perez to conduct lectures on Juvenile Justice Reform in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Spain. Perez has distinguished himself by leading many initiatives dedicated to family and children’s rights and services.
On January 22, 2001, he was awarded the Public Service Award for his Lifelong Commitment to Social Justice by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette Visions Program. He has been the recipient of Honorary Doctorate degrees from Worcester State University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Perez has also received the Community Service Award at Mount Wachusett Community College for his outstanding work with families and children in the Juvenile Justice System.
Mr. Perez has served on many boards of directors and charitable organizations throughout his years on the bench. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, The Fitchburg State University Foundation, and the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. Mr. Perez retired as a judge on July 31, 2010, and he subsequently joined GSK&G.