Bro. Walter Rivera -Town Justice of the Greenburgh, NY Town Court
Pictured: Bro. Steve Schmidt, Bro. Rivera and Corridor Rep, Bro. Woodhouse (l-r)
Bro. Walter Rivera is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1979), Columbia University (B.A. 1976), Governor’s Academy (1973) and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He crossed into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity by way of Omicron Chapter in 1974. He is currently a member of Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter. On February 10, 2012 he was awarded the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award by Metro Omega for Excellence in Judicial Law. On February 11, 2012 Bro. Rivera was honored as the Citizen of the Year by Beta Alpha Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Bro. Rivera began his legal career in 1979 as a Law Clerk for the New York State Court of Appeals. In September 1981, he was appointed an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York. He entered private practice in January 1985 and is a Partner in the firm of Rivera & Colon, LLP located in Manhattan. He is a resident of Greenburgh, New York. On November 8, 2011 he was elected to a 4 year term as Town Justice of the Greenburgh Town Court, Westchester County, State of New York. He commenced his term on January 1, 2012.
Bro. Rivera has guest lectured before numerous civic organizations and in the public schools. He has served as an Instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy at Hofstra Law School. He is a member of the board of the School of Visual Arts and previously served on the boards of the Pocantico Hills School Foundation and the National Hispanic Business Group. He is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and is a past member of its Board of Directors. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the National Hispanic Bar Association. He is a past Chair of the Committee on Small Law Firm Management of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. In 1997, he was appointed to the Chief Judge’s Task Force on the Profession, Ethics Institute Subcommittee. Bro. Rivera has served as a Site Visitor to different law schools as part of the American Bar Association’s law school accreditation process. On June 2, 2006 Bro. Rivera was appointed to a three-year term on the Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the American Bar Association. Bro. Rivera served a 2 year term as a member of the Greenburgh Board of Ethics and concluded his tenure in December, 2010.
Bro. Rivera is admitted to practice in New York. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Military Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is AV rated, which is the highest level of ethical standards and professionalism conferred by his peers in the legal profession and is so listed in the Martindale Hubbell ratings of lawyers.