Mayté Rivera Rodríguez has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law since August 2021. She was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law from 2009 to July 2021. She has taught courses on Family Law; Gender Discrimination; Ethics and Professional Responsibility; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Legal Aid Clinic; and Special Topics in Private Law, Legal Writing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Minor in Latin American Studies from Tufts University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where she concentrated her studies in Gender Law and Professional Responsibility.
As a public service attorney in Puerto Rico, she worked as a law clerk in both the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, as Director of the Office of Professional Development at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and later as Assistant Legal Counsel in the Office of the Governor. In New York, as part of her graduate studies, she assisted in domestic violence and gender-based violence cases at the Queens District Attorney’s Office. After Hurricane María, she joined the initiative Ayuda Legal Huracán María, a precursor organization of Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, where she collaborated as a community lawyer on issues related to access to justice and development of pro bono work culture.
In 2016, she was appointed by Puerto Rico’s Chief Justice Liana Fiol Matta as a member of the Advisory Council to the Judicial Branch’s Equality and Gender Equity Program. The Puerto Rico Supreme Court appointed her as an Associate Member of the Character and Fitness Committee in 2018 and as a Member of the Special Committee to Revise a Draft of the Puerto Rico Code of Ethics in 2022.
She collaborated in the creation of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Legal Aid Clinic at the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico, as well as in the creation of Center for Legal Ethics.
She is a lecturer in different activities and seminars of the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico, of the Judicial Branch of Puerto Rico, and of other entities and providers of continuing legal education.