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Reunion Gifts Build Endowed Funds

Law School alumni attending Reunion 2015 joined forces as well as hearts and minds to lift several new endowed funds to impressive levels. Leading volunteers announced on Saturday that new gifts to the George Washington Fields LL.B. 1890 Scholarship; the Cornell Law Class of `85 Scholarship; and the Anne Lukingbeal Dean’s Discretionary Fund for Student Life, respectively, have made these funds notably successful very quickly.

The George Washington Fields LL.B. 1890 Scholarship became the newest active scholarship fund in Cornell Law School by virtue of attaining the $100,000 threshold, thanks in part to Reunion-year gifts. Andrianne Payson J.D. `00, the fundraising chair for the Fields Scholarship, noted that the endowment has been built by alumni making gifts in honor of George Washington Fields, the first African-American to graduate from any school at Cornell and afterward a practicing attorney in Hampton, VA. The initiative to establish the Fields Scholarship to commemorate his achievements was launched just last year by the foundational gifts of Ms. Payson, Laura Wilkinson M.B.A. `85, J.D. `86, and E. Eric Elmore A.B. `86, J.D. `89.

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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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Muna Ndulo calls for "issue-based politics" in Zambia.
John Blume: SCOTUS expansion of Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act “agenda-driven judicial policy-making.”
Michael Dorf: “The conservatives’ use of history is highly selective.”
Joseph Margulies: DOJ money to states can "dwarf" state-level sentencing reforms.”
Sherry Colb: arguments for and against "far more interesting" than personal position.
Charles Whitehead: techie fraudsters "can't proofread."
Valerie Hans: severe mental illness and legal insanity can be difficult to distinguish for jurors.
Joseph Margulies asks why no one is paying attention to Gitmo and one prisoner's hunger strike.
Valerie Hans: "gist-thinking seems to drive decision-making.”
Susan Hazeldean addresses the topic in an audio interview.
George Hay: DOJ needs to find "specific commitment" or "elaborate mechanism" spelling out details of collusion.
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Sherry Colb discusses facial challenges and the Fourth Amendment.
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Robert Hockett's personal testimony about faith and openness at St. James Missionary Baptist Church.
John Blume: SCOTUS decision based on "bad science and conjecture."
Michael Dorf explains shortfalls of dissenting opinions in Obergefell v. Hodges.
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At Myron Taylor Hall

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Valerie Hans presents at Charter Day Weekend panel.
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Lecture sponsored by Avon Global Center for Women and Justice and Berger International Legal Studies Program.
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Eduardo Peñalver: "Dean Lukingbeal has been a pivotal figure in the history of Cornell Law."
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