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Capital Gifts Fund Student Commons

Law School alumni stepped forward in fiscal 2014 with capital gifts in support of new spaces at Myron Taylor Hall.  Robert A. “Bob” DuPuy J.D. `73, Stephen R. “Steve” Lewinstein LL.B. `67, the H. & R. Feinberg Family Foundation, and the Cornell Law School Class of 1959 made separate gifts designated for the construction of the new Student Commons in the space formerly given over to the locker room. Beautifully finished with hardwood and slate, the Student Commons features lounge-style tables and chairs, a coffee bar with “high-chair” stools, a food-service area, and floor-to-ceiling windows of sectioned glass, as well as double-doors opening to the restored Purcell Courtyard.  All of these features are conducive to the relaxed and friendly ambiance of Myron Taylor Hall. Its convenient location and clean, well-lit space are sure to make the new Commons a favorite between-classes and “downtime” spot for Cornell Law students.

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Our Vision

The mission of Cornell Law School reiterates the intention of Cornell University co-founder Ezra Cornell: we would develop a law school where any student can find instruction in any legal study.  Like most academic disciplines, law is always adjusting its approach to traditional subject matter and adding new areas of inquiry to the curriculum.  To keep pace with this evolution and to maintain the standard of “any person … any study,”

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Our Plan

To continue fulfilling its mission of educating a “fair number of well-trained, large-minded, morally-based lawyers in the best sense,” Cornell Law School seeks to accomplish an institutional transformation that will enable it to

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Our Priorities

The cornerstones of our institution—students, faculty, endowment, and physical plant—are equally important to its success.  Cornell Law School has always worked to optimize the quality and relevance of the education offered and received by enhancing the resources available to its students and faculty; to bolster its institutional endowment so that sufficient funds are available to pay salaries, provide scholarships, and maintain operations;

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Cornell Law School in the News

Michael Dorf: 1959 Unruh Civil Rights Act “construed to forbid ... arbitrary discrimination in public accommodations."
George Hay: government likely to block merger and courts would uphold it.
Stephen Yale-Loehr: "president has wide authority to act administratively on immigration."
Stephen Yale Loehr: "The president has boxed himself into a corner.”
Saule Omarova: "constant investigation and huge settlements" indicate "structural problems in the markets ... ."
Robert Hockett: violation of confidentiality "undermines confidence in the market.”
Robert Hockett: trading on confidential information "wrongs clients and rigs the market in favor of insiders"
Sherry Colb: L.A. statue violates Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.
Joshua Chafetz: "Wyden and Udall ... obviously believe that disturbing information is being withheld."
Jens Ohlin: Pentagon must go "above and beyond" to make up for prior neglect.
Michael Dorf: to stop the influence of concentrated wealth on politics, stop wealth from concentrating.
Jeff Rachlinski: implicit claim of judicial favoritism "a clear ethics violation."
Stephen Yale-Loehr: "A lottery is not a way to run an immigration system."
Michael Dorf: Appeals Court judges believe SCOTUS or democratic process should decide issue.
Stephen Yale-Loehr: expanding DACA falls “within the president’s inherent immigration authority.”
Jens Ohlin: "health decisions based on someone's travel itinerary is just sensible policy."
Michael Dorf: "It has long been understood that states may quarantine."
Saule Omarova: Kay Hagen's "push-out" repeal bill makes "risky business" cheaper to conduct.
Jens Ohlin attributes tardy international response to locus of disease hotspot.
Sherry Colb discusses SCOTUS review of Ohio v. Clark
Jens Ohlin: human imperfection tends to defeat CDC protocols.
Michael Dorf likens process to airport security screenings.
Jens Ohlin distinguishes between lethal and non-lethal measures.
Angela Cornell discuss Title VII, Civil Rights Act case before SCOTUS.
Michael Dorf: opponents of same-sex marriage “are virtually guaranteed to lose” before the current Supreme Court.
Michael Dorf: "“At least five justices must think that there is a clear constitutional right here."
Saule Omarova makes the case for safety-testing potentially destabilizing financial products.
Robert Hockett comments on statue of limitations for potential prosecutions.
Angela Cornell argues "women only" taxi cabs serve the public interest.
Jens Ohlin: "U.S. claim of self-defense is parasitic upon Iraq’s claim.”
Sital Kalantry coins term, "gender terrorism," to characterize targeting of women and girls.
Odette Lienau: "more coordinated international debt-restructuring mechanism" needed.
Michael Dorf explains secession as a prerogative dependent upon permission.
Jens Ohlin: Lack of charging recommendation provides cover for prosecutor's office.
Robert Hockett skeptical actual prosecutions would follow.
Valerie Hahns: “The grand jury in the Tony Stewart case might be ... getting the district attorney off the hot seat.’’
Aziz Rana: Constitution perceived as tool of conservative, wealthy, ruling elite until New Deal.
Jens Ohlin: better to refer "to specific groups such as Al-Qaeda or the IS."
Valerie Hans: to start from scratch is "truly difficult."

At Myron Taylor Hall

Profile of DLA Piper partner and Cornell Law alumnus John Vukelj, Esq.
Matthew Aglialoro J.D. `14 credits guidance of adjunct professor James Junewicz.
First-time exam-takers achieve 94% pass rate for second consecutive year.
"Five Easy Pieces: Recurrent Themes in American Property Law" presented at University of Hawaii Law School.
Muno Ndulo moderates panel on "Social, Economic and Political Impact of the Ebola Pandemic."
Eduardo Peñalver: election "a deserved tribute to her status as a leader ..."
ACLU attorney re-envisions womens' rights as human rights.
Site provides global access to scholarship of Cornell Law School faculty, students, and visiting scholars.
Judge William A. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, explains flaws.
Panel of legal, reproductive-rights experts visit Myron Taylor Hall to speak with students.
Fatmata Kabia J.D. Class of 2015 launches fundraising campaign for "Memunatu" magazine.
North Korea's nuclear capability seen as biggest obstacle to reunification.
John E. Sawyer Seminar on Political Will interrogates nature of political representation.
Judge Sang-Hyun Song speaks about the International Criminal Court's power to do good.
Odette Lienau uses historical and theoretical analyses to challenge norm of sovereign-debt continuity.
Sanford Levinson, professor of government at U. of Texas Law School, delivers Robert S. Stevens Lecture.
Co-authors Chris Sarma '15 and Amy Stephenson '15 work in International Human Rights Clinic.
Legacy of Professor Harry Bitner, Cornell Law Librarian, 1965–1976, lives on in Fellowship.
Jason Beekman: "signature event" offers "chance to reconnect" and "build our community."
"Spring chickens grow fast and they learn very quickly," says Eduardo M. Peñalver, new Allan R. Tessler Dean.
See the sights of this June's festivities.
Exceptional student research and writing recognized by Law Librarians.
"Allowing H-1B spouses to work would be an important change," says Stephen Yale-Loehr.
Professor recognized by Women's Law Coalition for "an outstanding commitment to the women of Cornell."
Law alumni from range of practice areas offer students advice and guidance.
New wing encourages "clarity," "openness," and "accessibility" says Stewart Schwab.
Barbara Holden-Smith credits outgoing dean Stewart Schwab with building project's fruition.
WLC president Christine Kim calls event, “the highlight of the year for members of the Women’s Law Coalition.”
Record number of visitors attend 2014 Admitted Student Day/Diversity Weekend.
Cornell Law Library shows off some of its bobblehead collection.
“Every year I am so impressed by the commitment and talent demonstrated by the awardees,” says Karen Comstock.
Peñalver calls Law School "diverse, intellectually rigorous, and exceptionally collegial."
Crafting stimulating careers, finding job satisfaction are key points.
Torres called "scholar and public intellectual" by Dean Stewart Schwab.
Avon Foundation president Carol Kurzig announces a new $600,000 gift at conference.
"Moot court for deals lawyers" prepares students to face "steep learning curve" after graduation.
Cristina Quinones-Betancourt J.D. Class of 2014 sees "violence and uncertainty" ahead for LGBT persons.
“Reflections on the Human Rights Movement” is Berger Lecture.

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