It is great that we can quickly create a new layer by hitting the space bar. I think there would be a lot of value in the ability to open the layer manager and have the active layer focused in the layer manager. This would help with renaming layers and minor tweaks that don't justify starting from scratch.
I did find a work around, if you have the layer selected and open the layer manager it will do this. You would need to have a shortcut setup for layer manager. I am trying out F2 as a shortcut for the Layer manager. I still think a right click option would be helpful.