Cynthia L. Rivera graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was an E. Nathaniel Gates Scholar.  While at Cardozo, Cynthia completed the Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities and concentrated in Family Law.  She was the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities Law Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she contributed to the publication of Judicial Spectrum Primer: What Judges Need to Know About Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), JUVENILE AND FAMILY COURT JOURNAL (Spring 2012).  After completing her fellowship, Cynthia started her work with The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice (“JRP”).  First as a legal intern with JRP’s Kathryn A. McDonald Education Advocacy Project and then with JRP’s trial attorneys.  Upon graduation, Cynthia began her career as a JRP staff attorney holding a hybrid caseload of education and child protective cases.  She currently represents JRP’s clients in their child protective cases as well as their juvenile delinquency proceedings.  Cynthia is NITA teacher trained, judges mock trial tournaments around New York City, has coached for the Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Competition, and serves as a mentor to Legal Aid Society’s law interns of color.

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