December 20, 2007
On December 19th, Attorney General-elect Andrew Cuomo and his Transition Committee announced the names of the four attorneys who will serve on his newly formed “dream team.” CUNY School of Law Prof. Jenny Rivera was named as Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights. Prof. Rivera will be joined by Robin Baker as Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, Eric Corngold as Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice, and Mylan Denerstein as Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice. Prof. Rivera, a member of the CUNY School of Law faculty since 1997, holds an A.B from Princeton University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an LL.M from Columbia School of Law. A legal expert in civil rights and former administrative law judge in the New York Division of Human Rights, Prof. Rivera currently serves on the New York City Commission on Human Rights. She has published many articles on civil rights, domestic violence and women’s rights issues in a variety of journals such as the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law and the Fordham Urban Law Journal. In the Latino community, Prof. Rivera has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Flor De Maga Award in recognition of her work on women’s rights. Prof. Rivera will be taking a leave of absence from the law school beginning in January 2007 when she assumes her new position.