Life Lessons from Judge Sotomayor

July 10, 2009 | CUNY School of Law, Newsmakers

As a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Jenny Rivera learned firsthand the importance of fairness. “It is important that, rather than jump to conclusions about the individual nominee, we look at the record,” said Rivera, now a professor at CUNY School of Law and founding director of its Center of Latino and Latina Rights and Equality. Prof. Rivera, who worked under Sotomayor when she was a Manhattan federal court judge in 1993, said that she has applied the vigilance learned as Judge Sotomayor’s clerk, to her own professional life. “I always think about what impact my actions have on my students and clients,” she said. Now committed to public interest law at the school and the Center, she hopes to “resolve some of the adverse impact and discriminatory conditions that Latinos face in the New York and in the United States.”
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