Professor Jenny Rivera Added to HNBA Latina Commission

January 11, 2012 | Washington, DC – HNBA National President Benny Agosto, Jr. has appointed Professor Jenny Rivera to once again serve on the HNBA Standing Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession. Professor Rivera has previously worked on the Commission, including her work as lead author of the Commission’s 2010 National Report, “La Voz de La Abogada Latina: Challenges and Rewards in Serving the Public Interest,” along with her many contributions to the HNBA’s support of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor during her candidacy.

“Professor Rivera has contributed enormously to the HNBA in a variety of roles, and she is an excellent addition to the Latina Commission,” said President Agosto. “This appointment is well deserved not only because of the leadership and expertise that she has lent to the Commission, but also because of her great work ethic and dedication to the HNBA in general. I look forward to working with her, along with the rest of the Commissioners and Co-Chairs, as we continue the HNBA’s efforts to advance Latinas in our profession.”

Professor Rivera is a Professor of Law at the City University of New York School of Law in New York and the Founder and Director of the Law School’s Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE). CLORE promotes law reform scholarship, public education, and litigation in support of expanded civil rights, and focuses on issues impacting the Latino community in the United States. Professor Rivera 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.  In 1993, Prof. Rivera clerked for then-District Judge Sotomayor.

Professor Rivera graduated from Princeton University and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. In 1993, Professor Rivera received her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law.