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.
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