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Prof. Jenny Rivera Receives NY State Bar Association’s Kay Crawford Murray Award

January 15, 2010

CUNY Law Professor Jenny Rivera has been awarded the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Kay Crawford Murray Award. Professor Rivera, also the Founder and Director of the Law School’s Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality(CLORE), is being recognized for her work to enhance diversity in the legal profession and whose efforts have advanced the professional development of women attorneys.

“Under Professor Rivera’s leadership, CLORE focuses critically on issues affecting Latino/as in the legal profession,” said CUNY Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson. “We are proud that she has received this important award that recognizes her dedication and efforts.” The award is sponsored by NYSBA’s Committee on Women in the Law and is named for past Chair Kay Crawford Murray. During Ms. Murray’s tenure, she raised awareness of women’s issues, which led to new dialogue and action on women’s advancement in law firms.

A former clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor when she was a District Judge, Professor Rivera established CLORE, which is recognized as the first of its kind in the nation. CLORE focuses on issues impacting the Latino community in the United States, with the goal of developing progressive strategies for legal reform. The Center also educates lawyers, law students, scholars and the general public on the status of Latinos and Latinas, as well as to advocate for expanded civil rights in the areas that affect the growing Latino population. A widely quoted source, Professor Rivera’s writings also include a focus on issues affecting Latinas and domestic violence.

In recognizing Professor Rivera, the committee singled out her tireless efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession and for her legal scholarship. “Professor Jenny Rivera has devoted her career to developing programs and policies that address the critical issues facing the Latina community, including domestic violence, impeded access to health services, and under-representation in the legal profession. She has greatly increased public and professional awareness of these issues through her outstanding scholarship, keen insights, and a marked commitment to promoting diversity. She is helping to perpetuate the proud legacy set by Kay Crawford Murray,” said Committee Chair Taa R. Grays of New York (MetLife). “We are pleased to recognize her work and notable efforts to improve the status of minorities and women in their profession and communities.”

Professor Rivera will receive the award on January 26, 2010 at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting at the Hilton New York in Manhattan.

Contact: Vivian Todini, Director of Communications, 718-340-4530

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