In February, Jenny Rivera was confirmed as the newest judge on New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
On April 8, the Law School celebrated Rivera and her accomplishments with more than 200 guests, who included students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends, and family. The Law School was honored to have many members of the judiciary in attendance, including New York State Court of Appeals judges Eugene Pigott, Jr. and Robert Smith, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, for whom Rivera clerked when she served on the Southern District of New York. Speaking at the event, Sotomayor shared fond memories about Rivera and ended her remarks by saying to her, “You are my child, and you are my equal.”
Rivera joined the faculty of CUNY Law in 1997. She founded the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE), which focused on issues that impact the Latino community in the United States and developed progressive strategies for reform. Rivera won 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. Photos by Arpi Pap.