Alberto Rivera

Alberto Rivera


My focus is on the intersection of the law, development policy, and social entrepreneurship. In coming to this intersection, my background has been diverse – involving myself on project finance, working on criminal law, and analyzing the ethical dimension of environmental law and Kyoto commitments. However, my underlying focus and drive has always centered on familiarizing myself with the legal mechanisms in place and available to businesses, individuals, and lawmakers to garner real and lasting change.In all my previous positions I have sought to not only understand legal concepts but to clearly and intelligibly articulate them, their reasonable alternatives, and their possible consequences.I often describe myself as pragmatic in my analysis and deliberate in my approach, yet eager in finding how to use the law, policy, and social entrepreneurship to make a real difference in the world.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2009 - May 2010

Certified Legal Intern

Lebanon County District Attorney's Office

First Chair Counsel, with Attorney supervision, for bench warrant hearings, preliminary hearings, juvenile adjudications, and jury and non-jury trials before the Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas. Researched and drafted responses to habeas corpus motions, Post-Conviction Relief Act motions, and suppression motions.

May 2008 - Jan 2010

Research Assistant

Widener University School of Law

Researched sustainable development issues in American law schools, firms, corporations, and state and federal governmental organizations. Attention to federalism issues, ethical components to international agreements (e.g., UNFCC, Kyoto Protocol), and the effects of new and proposed legislation. Edited several law review articles and books, including "The Essential and Growing Role of Legal Education in Achieving Sustainability," and "The Ethical Responsibility to Reduce Energy Consumption."

Jan 2009 - Aug 2009

Legal Intern

Pennsylvania Department of State, Counsel Division

Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs: researched, edited, and drafted Chapter 6 of Title 49 of the Pennsylvania Code relating to the rules, regulation, and licensing of crane operators. Consistent interaction with counsel and crane board members.

Jan 2006 - Jul 2007


Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP

Concentration in Project Finance: financing and construction of power facilities (co-operative ethanol facilities and wind turbine farms) in the United States, and infrastructure development in Latin America. Drafted, researched, organized, and reviewed legal documents. Heavy emphasis in study and analysis of federal and state regulations and administrative rules.

Oct 2003 - Jan 2005


Krooth & Altman LLP

Drafted, organized, and reviewed legal and organizational documents necessary for the completion of multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions. Assisted  mortgage bankers and institutional investors with financing transactions stemming from the construction, refinancing, as well as rehabilitation of multifamily apartment complexes and assisted-living facilities under the guidelines established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Aug 2007 - May 2010

Juris Doctorate

Widener University School of Law
  • Widener Law Trial Advocacy Honor Society (2008-2010)
    • Executive Board Member – Vice President, External Competitions (2009-2010)
    • Winner of 2010 Hugh B. Pearce Trial Competition
    • Participant in 2009 and 2010 Texas Young Lawyers Association's National Trial Competition
    • Participant in 2009 Buffalo Niagara Trial Competition
  • Widener Law's Greening Committee (2009-2010)
    • Assisted to ensure Harrisburg campus compliance with ABA-EPA Climate Change standards to increase efficiencies and sustainable development.
Aug 1999 - May 2003


University of Maryland