Hon. Jenny Rivera, Professor Emeritus and Founder of CUNY School of Law’s Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE), 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, she received her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law, where she concentrated on constitutional and feminist theory. She served on the faculty of the CUNY Law from 1997 until 2013, when she was appointed as a judge to the New York State Court of Appeals.
Prior to teaching, she clerked in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Se Law Clerk's office. She also served as a law clerk to then-District Judge Sonia Sotomayor. She was a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society's Homeless Family Rights Project where she represented homeless families in federal and state class actions and administrative hearings and served as an associate counsel for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, where she worked on education and employment discrimination, equity and testing issues, gender equality and language rights discrimination.
Hispanic Business named Rivera one of the Elite Women of 2005, and El Diario/La Prensa named Professor Rivera one of the outstanding Latinas of 2000. In 2009 the Hispanic National Bar Association awarded Rivera a Presidential Advocacy Award. Rivera is the recipient of the New York State Bar Association 2012 Diversity Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2013 Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.