New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. today commended Governor Cuomo for nominating Jenny Rivera as an associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.

"Jenny Rivera would bring to the Court of Appeals her keen intellect, insightful legal scholarship and a commitment to equal justice for all New Yorkers," said James (The Legal Aid Society in New York City).

"The State Bar Association has rated her as well qualified for the position. In 2012, she won our Diversity Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2010, she was the recipient of our Kay Crawford Murray Award. Her professional achievements also are being recognized in February by the American Bar Association with its prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award."
 
If confirmed by the state Senate, she would fill a vacancy created by the Dec. 31, 2012 retirement of Senior Associate Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick.

Last month, the State Bar Association found Rivera "well qualified" to serve on the Court of Appeals. The Association has evaluated candidates for the Court of Appeals since 1967.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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