A graduate of Stanford Law School after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, Rivera was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. His credentials include the ability to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U. S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and several U. S. District Courts.
His experience with higher education law spans topics ranging from civil rights, constitutional and privacy law and public information to contract and business, real estate, construction and insurance issues.
In 2011, the Texas Supreme Court appointed Rivera as a member of the Texas Board of Law Examiners. He is also a member of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Rivera is a recipient of the Judge Paul W. Nye Professionalism Award from the Corpus Christi Bar Association, and he has served as keynote speaker for the Hispanic Law Students banquet at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Rivera’s community service includes the South Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the local Catholic Diocese and coaching various school sports teams. He serves on the Board of Directors for South Texas Broadcasting, Inc. and the Yale Alumni Schools Committee. The U. S. Chess Federation has also named him a Certified Chess Tournament Director and Coach.