Mr. Miguel Rivera

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Mr. Miguel  Rivera

Mr. Miguel Rivera

Adjunct Instructor, Political Science


J.D., B.A., University of Illinois, Champaign
A.A., Illinois Central College

Professor Rivera is a practicing attorney with almost thirty-years’ experience in the practice of law in both government and private practice.  Prof. Rivera served for two years as a Deputy Attorney General in the State of Indiana where he specialized in litigation and constitutional and injunctive law, and was a member of the Attorney General’s death penalty team.  Prof. Rivera was appointed by Governor Evan Bayh to the Indiana Parole Board where he served for two years in a quasi-judicial capacity as Vice Chairman of the Parole Board and advised two governors on death penalty and criminal justice issues. 

Following a period in private practice, Governor Mitch Daniels, Jr., appointed Prof. Rivera as Commissioner of Labor for the State of Indiana, a cabinet level position.  As Commissioner of Labor, Prof Rivera led a state-wide regulatory agency responsible for enforcing labor laws, child labor laws, the common wage, work place safety, OSHA, and underground coal mine safety.  In addition to advising the governor, he worked closely with the state legislature and the public/private sectors on issues effecting labor policy in Indiana.  Prof. Rivera is the recipient of a Sagamore of the Wabash, the State of Indiana’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of his service to the people of Indiana and to public safety.

Prof. Rivera’s interest and areas of teaching include American government and politics, the presidency, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and criminal justice issues.  He has published and spoken broadly in areas of concern to the legal profession and on the subject of diversity in the bar.  He continues to practice law and teach, and with his wife, Barbara, and their loving pets, lives in Siloam Springs. Both Prof. Rivera and Barbara are active members of First Presbyterian Church in Siloam Springs.