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Law Clerk Hiring Information
Jenny Rivera, Senior Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals

Mailing Address:
Honorable Jenny Rivera
Court of Appeals
20 Eagle Street, Albany NY 12207

Electronic Contact:
Ms. Azahar LaPorte,
alaporte@nycourts.gov

Positions: Judge Rivera has filled all law clerk positions through the 2018-19 term.  She has openings for one- and two-year positions beginning in August 2019.

Description: Law Clerks prepare legal memoranda and bench reports for the Judge on civil and criminal matters pending before the Court.  They also assist as needed with research on legal topics of interest to the profession and the general public, to be referenced by the Judge at professional meetings and in scholarly publications.  The position is based in New York City, with overnight travel to Albany when the Court is in session, approximately fifty days per term.

Application:

Qualifications: Successful applicants will have excellent research and writing skills, work well independently, and demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, honesty, the independent and impartial administration of justice, and the advancement of public confidence in the rule of law and the judiciary.  The Judge welcomes applications from current second- and third-year law students, recent law graduates, and practicing attorneys.

Timing: Applications are considered on a rolling basis.  Clerkships begin in August, and run for one or two calendar years.  Interviews and offers may be extended at any time.

Materials: Applicants should submit a cover letter, writing sample, most recent law school transcript, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation, including one from a legal employer or supervisor, attesting to the applicant’s ability to produce professional-level work on short deadlines.  Materials should be submitted by mail to the Courthouse.  Recommendations may be sent under separate cover.

Externships: Second- and third-year law students may apply for judicial externships in Judge Rivera’s New York City Chambers during the fall and spring semesters, as well as over the summer.  Interested law students should submit a cover letter, writing sample, most recent law school transcript, resume, and contact information for two references, at least one of whom should be a current or former law professor.  Externship applications are due July 1st for the following fall, November 1st for the spring, and February 1st for the summer, and should be submitted exclusively as an emailed attachment to Ms. LaPorte.