Rivera Would Face Steep Learning Curve On NY's Top Court

Law360, New York (January 23, 2013, 6:16 PM EST) -- As an academic making the jump to the New York State Court of Appeals, City University of New York law professor Jenny Rivera will have to strive to learn the ropes, experts said Wednesday, adding that she has the chance to follow a line of nonjudges who became powerful voices on courts of last resort.

No current judge in New York's high court came directly from academia, and only one — Judge Robert S. Smith — joined the bench from a law practice. Longtime court watchers...
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