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CUNY Law Professor Jenny Rivera to Become New Justice on New York State Court of Appeals

February 11, 2013

NEW YORK—The New York State Senate voted on Monday to approve Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nomination of Professor Jenny Rivera to a seat on the New York State Court of Appeals. Rivera is the second Latina to serve on court. She fills the seat formerly held by Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, who retired at the end of December.

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.

CUNY School of Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson said, “Professor Rivera is an excellent addition to the Court of Appeals. Her deep understanding of the law and unwavering commitment to fairness will serve the court and the people of New York well. We commend Governor Cuomo for nominating Professor Rivera and the New York State Senate for confirming her.”

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.

CONTACT: Abbi Leman, or 718-340-4472


Watch video of Governor Cuomo congratulating Judge Jenny Rivera on her confirmation here.

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