Dear Sir or Madam:
I proudly endorse Lenny Rivera for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County. I strongly believe that a judge must possess legal knowledge and experience while fulfilling his duties from the bench with both fairness and impartiality. Lenny possesses those qualifications and will most certainly represent the bench accordingly.
As a judiciary interpreter working in courthouses across Pennsylvania, I had the pleasure to meet Lenny in Chester County. There in the courtroom, is where I noticed his legal expertise and knowledge but most important his passion and compassion for his clients. I had the pleasure to work with Lenny in many cases for the past 14 years and have witnessed his dedication to doing what is right in a fair and professional manner. After my appointment to the Interbranch Commission by Pennsylvania Secretary of State, Honorable Pedro A. Cortés, I was able to see firsthand Lenny’s dedication and resolute to make our Commonwealth Courts fairer and more unbiased, as well as his capacity to lead our committee and now the Commission.
Lenny’s leadership and give back to the community approach came to live when he co-founded the first Latino business networking meeting in Chester County, the Latino Professional Luncheon (LPL). LPL main fundraiser provides Latino students that live in Chester County and attend West Chester University with scholarships. Lenny’s dedication to his community is also demonstrated with all the years of service at La Comunidad Hispana in Kennett Square. These community ties will be immeasurable advantages when he serves on the bench of the Court of Common Pleas.
I have also established a friendship with Lenny throughout the years. I know him as a great father, husband, and family man. From our conversations, I can undoubtedly tell he is very proud of his parents and children, and full of admiration for his wife.
It is for all this passion, dedication, judicial knowledge, and legal expertise, in addition to his family values and principles, that I believe Lenny will be an asset to the Common Pleas bench and help us mirror Chester County’s diverse community in the judiciary.
Andrés Urdaneta, SCCI
Interpreter Services Committee Member, PA Interbranch Commission for Gender Racial & Ethnic Fairness
Chair, American Interpreters Association
Former BAR & Conference Committees Member, National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators
Former Board of Directors Member, Delaware Valley Translators Association