NEW YORK–Professor Jenny Rivera has been nominated by the Judicial Nomination Commission as one of seven candidates for a seat on the New York State Court of Appeals. The nomination is to fill the seat that will be vacated when Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick retires at the end of December.
Professor Rivera has been on the faculty at CUNY Law School since 1997, teaching property, administrative law, civil procedure, lawyering, and civil rights. She is the founder and director of the Law School’s Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE). She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, Reporter for the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, and a former member of the National Board of Bar Examiners Diversity Issues Committee.
“Professor Rivera is a person of great integrity and intellectual accomplishment. She would make an excellent judge on our State’s highest court,” said CUNY School of Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson.
Professor Rivera has a JD from New York University School of Law and an LLM from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to then-District Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Her experience includes serving as an administrative law judge, a Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and a Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. She was also a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Family Rights Project and served as an Associate Counsel for LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Among her many awards and recognitions are the 2013 Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the New York State Bar Association 2012 Diversity Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award.
Founded in 1983, CUNY School of Law is the premier public interest law school in the country. The school trains lawyers to serve the underprivileged and disempowered and to make a difference in their communities. A greater percentage of graduates from CUNY Law choose careers in public interest and public service than any other law school in the nation. PreLaw magazine ranks CUNY Law as the #1 law school in the nation for public interest, and National Jurist ranks the Law School second in the nation for diversity. U.S. News & World Report ranks CUNY fourth in the nation for “Best Clinical Programs,” and the Princeton Review ranks CUNY Law in the top ten in the nation for “Best Law Professors.” The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has praised CUNY Law School for being one of the few law schools in the country to prepare students for practice through integrated instruction in theory, skills, and ethics.
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