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New Gifts Bolster Existing Scholarships

Many named scholarships have benefitted from continued philanthropy, either from the originator of the endowment or from other interested alumni. Although we cannot name every fund and donor, we note that members of the Law School Class of 1998 continue to support the Class of 1998 Scholarship, and members of the Law School Class of 1985 continue to build the endowment fund of the Class of `85 Scholarship. Gifts from alumni of many different Cornell Law classes are keeping the Norma and Stewart J. Schwab Scholarship consistently in our weekly gift reports. Similarly, individual donors have augmented the value of named funds, including the Frances and Albert E. Arent Scholarship (Stephen Arent, Esq.); the Bloustein and Mofsky Scholarship (the Hon. Victor Friedman, J.D. `59); the Calvani Scholarship (Terry Calvani, J.D. `72); the Matthew H. Dwyer `74 Scholarship (Ira B. Marcus, J.D. `74); the Franklyn Ellenbogen, Jr. Scholarship (Marjorie Ellenbogen); the M. Carr and Marian Ferguson Law Scholarship (M. Carr Ferguson, A.B. `52, LL.B. `54); the George Washington Fields LL.B. 1890 Scholarship (Stephen C. Robinson, A.B. `81, J.D. `84);

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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

Annelise Riles: Laudato Si "defies the United States' political imagination at every turn."
Robert Hockett: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will "try and preempt the criticism, and he’s going to know it’s coming."
Margulies: Abu Zubaydah "never a member of Al-Qaeda," is "poster child" of CIA torture program.
Stephen Yale-Loehr: EB-5 visa program is "fastest or best way to get a green card."
Stephen Yale-Loehr: Wong Kim Ark case involved a child born to parents in US legally.
Robert Hockett: high level of private debt in China an indication of "turbulence immediately ahead."
George Hay: brand spin-offs inevitable at 75% of U.S. beer market.
Angela Cornell: "extreme and draconian" proposals "not in the long term interest of the United States."
Lynn Stout: green energy technologies, not stock share repurchases, should be destination of profits.
Eduardo Peñalver: copyright infringement is not necessarily theft.
Michael Dorf discusses "birthright citizenship" and the 14th Amendment.
Stephen Yale-Loehr: “If it stands, [this historic decision] will force major changes to the government’s family detention …
Robert Hockett: "the past decade has been China's 'Roaring 20s — and the chickens are now coming home to roost."
Valerie Hans: “Presumably, you don’t take a case to a fourth trial unless you think you can get a conviction.”
Sherry Colb discusses privacy expectations in light of ruling in Huff v. Spaw.
Stephen Yale-Loehr: "most legal scholars believe that a constitutional amendment is required."
Michael Dorf: Fed court ruling in ALDF v. Otter mainly about freedom of speech.
Joseph Margulies: Obama "not willing to expend political capital" to close Gitmo.
Joseph Margulies revisits Gitmo hunger strike of Tariq Ba Odah.
Jens Ohlin: transfer to Iraqi Kurdish custody "probably the best solution they could find right now.”
Stephen Yale-Loehr: "Investors are spooked."
Michael Dorf: 22nd Amendment precludes being elected to, but not holding, the Presidency more than twice.
Jens Ohlin: "dual criminality" standard "seems pretty easily satisfiable" in case.
Stephen Yale-Loehr: "Obama administration's policy on which immigrants to detain has evolved."
Stephen Yale-Loehr: conditions must significantly improve for detention to continue.
Valerie Hans: racially-diverse juries function better, deliberate longer.
Jens Ohlin: Federal hate-crimes conviction of Dylann Roof would signal "important community value."
Stephen Yale-Loehr is immigration attorney for Dan-el Padilla Peralta, undocumented post-doctoral fellow at Columbia.
Jens Ohlin: Allies have common security needs.
Jens Ohlin: Expect greater military cooperation between Kenya and U.S.
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.”

At Myron Taylor Hall

As part of inauguration events, President Elizabeth Garrett moderated a faculty panel on the challenges inequality poses …
Joseph Margulies calls for "alternative organizing philosophy of the criminal justice system."
Jens Ohlin: Security Council can oblige states to cooperate with International Criminal Court.
Law School creating two courses to engage students with local farmworkers and farmworker advocates.
View the video of Angela Cornell's argument before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Dolidze: "I remain committed to serving the public good."
Abigail Salico and Olivia Colón explore international human rights at Law School.
Professor Wendel: "This is a unique and valuable opportunity to look at and analyze the inner workings of the disciplinary …
Ndulo presents, "Transitional Justice and Responses to Human Rights Violations in Post Conflict Societies."
Markeisha Miner is Dean of Students; Monica Ingram is Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid.
Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett one of five new appointments.
National authority on on laws and policies affecting immigrant workers will lead new initiative.
Sandra Babcock: "I hope we'll end up getting 30 or 40 people out of prison."
See the photos from this June's Law School Reunion of class years ending in 0 and 5!
"Human Rights at Home Blog" by students Yujin Chun & Carolyn Wald, with Professor Sital Kalantry.
Eduardo Peñalver: "I have to say that the staff here is the best that I've worked with."
"I do have an obligation to speak out, to mentor, and to give advice to younger women coming up behind me, particularly …
Jens Onlin: cyber warfare fulfills “the requirement that the attacking force use a weapon which is as surgical as possible.”
Prize endowment given by Barbara Cantwell in honor of late husband Robert Cantwell, A.B. 1953, J.D. 1956.
Cornell Law student has lifelong interest in public service and human rights advocacy.
Bridge metaphor provides focus of discussion.
First Amendment problem attracts record participants in annual 1L competition.
Prospective 1Ls visit Cornell Law School for first impressions.
Gerald Torres introduces first Latino Justice on California Supreme Court.
Valerie Hans presents at Charter Day Weekend panel.
Kalantry: U.S. immigration reforms of the 1980s complicit in creating current wave of Central American asylum-seekers.
Elizabeth Brundige, Sital Kalantry, Sharon Hickey and Anne-Claire Blok participate.
Eduardo Peñalver: "Cornell Law Review has produced a great deal of groundbreaking legal scholarship."
Annelise Riles: conference aimed to prompt "participants to ... speak forcefully and straightforwardly outside of their …
Lecture sponsored by Avon Global Center for Women and Justice and Berger International Legal Studies Program.
“You need to be flexible and construct a life that brings together the things that are meaningful to you.”
Project will focus on bringing U.S. refugee practices more in line with international law.
Eduardo Peñalver: "Dean Lukingbeal has been a pivotal figure in the history of Cornell Law."
Leslie Wheelock J.D./M.B.A. `84 delivers keynote at NALSA / BLSA / LALSA joint-sponsored event.
Book challenges prevailing American hostility towards international law and rebuts "New Realist" legal theory.
Study shows no male bias in births among U.S. immigrants from China, India, and Korea.
Odette Lienau will begin three-year term as International Faculty Fellow this summer.
Nimkiins Petoskey J.D.`15 and Nadine Michelle Thornton J.D./M.B.A.`16 organize event; Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri J.D.`99 …
Aziz Rana moderates debate between Bassam Haddad and Dennis Ross.
John Blume: "very intense" 3L class develops skills to make students "successful federal appellate lawyers."

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