Rivera Flap Shows NY High Court Picks Can Expect Scrutiny

Law360, New York (February 11, 2013, 8:02 PM EST) -- The New York State Senate confirmed law professor Jenny Rivera to the state's highest court Monday on a voice vote, but a bitter debate over her resume signals to Gov. Andrew Cuomo that upcoming judicial nominees can expect heightened scrutiny, especially if they don't have bench experience.

Rivera, a law professor at the City University of New York, becomes the first judge ever in the Empire State to leap straight to the New York Court of Appeals from academia.

An expert in Hispanic and women's civil...
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