Courses: Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, Successions, Donations, and Trusts, Constitutional Law I & II
Expertise: Comparative Constitutional Law, Public Law, Successions, Federal Courts
Professor Willmai Rivera-Pérez, before joining the faculty at SULC, practiced law with the Marchand Quintero Law Office legal firm in San Juan, PR in the areas of First Amendment rights of the press and the media. She also clerked for Associate Justice Antonio S. Negrón García at the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in San Juan, PR. Prof. Rivera-Pérez has taught Legal Research and Writing at the Interamerican University Law School in San Juan, PR where she was an adjunct professor.
Her areas of research interest include: comparative law, constitutional law, Latino/a Critical Theory, transitional justice, international law, human rights law, sociology of law and mixed legal jurisdictions.
Prof. Rivera-Pérez earned her B.A. in Political Sciences and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. In 2006 she earned her LL.M. degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Her master’s thesis theoretically reassesses the Puerto Rican legal system as a mixed legal jurisdiction. She later earned her S.J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Her doctoral dissertation explores the role that the international human rights discourse has had in the adoption and development of the direct application of constitutional norms to relations arising from disputes between private parties, otherwise known as direct horizontal effect, in Latin America. She was awarded the Advanced Legal Studies Scholarship by the Puerto Rico Bar Association in 2005 and 2006. At UCLA she was awarded the Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship in International Relations by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations in 2008 as well as the Dissertation Year Fellowship by the University of California Office of the President in 2009.