NEW YORK–Professor Jenny Rivera has been nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo to a seat on the New York State Court of Appeals. The nomination is to fill the seat that was vacated at the end of December when Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick retired.
Professor Rivera has been on the faculty at City University of New York School of Law 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.
Among Professor Rivera’s many awards and recognitions is 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.
“We commend Governor Cuomo for the inspiring appointment of CUNY Law School Professor Jenny Rivera, a highly regarded scholar and teacher who will bring an impressive breadth of professional experience and judgment to the New York State Court of Appeals. On behalf of the entire community of The City University of New York, we extend our warmest congratulations,” said Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of CUNY.
CUNY School of Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson said, “Professor Rivera’s deep understanding and grasp of the law, as well as her temperament and integrity, make her an ideal selection to serve New Yorkers on the state’s highest court. For the years she taught our students at CUNY School of Law, Professor Rivera was a role model and example of an individual who put service to others before all else, and whose passion for equality, justice, and fairness was evident in everything she did. We commend Governor Cuomo for nominating Professor Rivera to the Court of Appeals, and look forward to her swift confirmation.”
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 and a Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. She took a leave from CUNY Law from 2007 to 2008 to serve as a Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for then New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. She has also served as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Family Rights Project and as an Associate Counsel for LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
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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