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Prof. Jenny Rivera to Receive Diversity Trailblazer Award

October 25, 2011

Professor Jenny Rivera has been selected by the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion as one of the three 2012 Diversity Trailblazer Award recipients. The award honors individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to helping enhance diversity in the legal profession.

Professor Rivera is the founder and director of the CUNY School of Law’s Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE). CLORE focuses on issues impacting the Latino community in the United States, with the goal of developing progressive strategies for legal reform. The Center seeks to educate 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.

She was nominated for the award by the Puerto Rican Bar Association.

Professor Rivera is a Member and the Reporter of the American Bar Association Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities and a member of the American Law Institute. She is a former Administrative Law Judge of the New York State Division of Human Rights, a former member of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and served as the Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. As Special Deputy Attorney General she assisted in the development and implementation of the Attorney General’s civil rights agenda, supervised the Civil Rights Bureau and organized and held statewide outreach sessions on civil rights issues. In 1993 Professor Rivera clerked for then District Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Professor Rivera graduated from Princeton University and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor for the Annual Survey of American Law, a Root Tilden Scholar, and co-chair of the Latino Law Students Association. In 1993, Professor Rivera received her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law, where she concentrated on Constitutional and Feminist Theory.

The Diversity Trailblazer Awards will be presented at the Ninth Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception, to be held during the New York State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on Monday, January 23, 2012.

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