Judge Profile

Jenny Rivera

Judicial Experience:

  • Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals, Appointed (2013)

Other Professional Experience:

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Southern District of New York, New York, NY, September 1993 to September 1994
  • Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law, Long Island City, NY, June 2011 to Present
  • Visiting Professor of Law, American Univeristy, Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, January 2011 to May 2011
  • Administrative Law Judge, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York, NY, September 1992 to May 1993
  • Special Deputy Attorney for Civil Rights, State of New York Office of the Attorney General, New York, NY, January 2007 to June 2008
  • Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights and Bureau Chief, Civil Rights Bureau, State of New York Office of the Attorney General, New York, NY, March 2008 to June 2008
  • Associate Counsel, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., New York, NY, August 1988 to July 1992
  • Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law, Long Island City, NY, July 2008 to December 2010
  • Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law, Long Island City, NY, August 1997 to December 2006
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, August 1994 to August 1997
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Homeless Family Rights Project, September 1987 to August 1988
  • Law Clerk, Pro Se Law Clerk's Office, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, New York, NY, August 1985 to August 1987
  • Director, CUNY School of Law, Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality, Long Island City, NY, September 2008 to 2013
  • Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights, New York, NY, 2002 to 2007

Education:

  • LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, May 1993
  • J.D., New York Univeristy School of Law, May 1985 (Root Tilden Scholar)
  • A.B, Princeton University, June 1982

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Lecturer, New York County Lawyers Assocation Continuing Legal Education Institute, New York, NY, 1999 - 2006
  • Member, New York State Department Judicial Screening Commitee, New York, NY, Summer 2011 - Present
  • Member, Advisory Council for the Housing Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York, New York, NY, January 2009 - December 2011
  • Member, Board of Advisors, New York City Public Advocate & The Accountability Project, New York, NY, 1999 - 2000
  • Member, National Conference of Bar Examiners, Diversity Issues Committee, Madison, WI, 2005 - 2007
  • Co-Chair, Advisory Committee, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., Latina Rights Initiative, New York, NY, 1996 - 2000
  • Member and Reporter, American Bar Association Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, Chicago, IL, October 2010 - Present
  • Member, American Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA, September 2010 - Present
  • Commissioner, Commission of Latinas in the Profession, Hispanic National Bar Association, Washington DC, September 2009 - Present
  • Deputy General Counsel for Elections and Elections Board Chair, Hispanic National Bar Associaton, Washington, DC, April 2011 - September 2011
  • Spirit of Excellence Award, American Bar Association, February 2013
  • Diversity Trailblazer Lifetime Achievment Award, New York State Bar Association, 2012
  • Keith Aoki Award, Society of American Law Teachers, 2011
  • Kay Crawford Murray Award, New York State Bar Association, 2010
  • Presidnetial Advocacy Award, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2009
  • President's Medal, Puerto Rican Bar Association, 2007
  • Professional Achievement Award, New York University School of Law Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific, American Alumni Assocation, 2005
  • Elite Women of 2005, Hispanic Business
  • Flor de Maga Award, Puerto Rican Bar Association, 2005
  • Felipe Torres Award, Puerto Rican Bar Association, 1995
  • Manhattan Borough President Citation in Recognition of Work in the Field of Civil rights, 1991