At her confirmation hearing, Rivera stressed that the work of an academic is to think outside the box and encourage other scholars and students to do the same by raising challenging questions and theories. She made clear that the work of a judge is to apply the law, and promised to do so if confirmed.
The first rulings in which she will take part are likely to appear in spring hand downs.
Ironically, the first attorney slated to appear before Rivera, John Cirando of Syracuse, is a member of the Commission on Judicial Nomination. The panel, which includes appointees of the governor, legislature and chief judge, evaluated 75 applications before submitting to Cuomo a list of seven from which he was required to choose. Cirando was scheduled to argue a breach-of-contract case, White v. Farrell, 43, yesterday.
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