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Class of ’69 Leaders Appeal to Classmates with Reunion Challenge Fund

With an intention of encouraging Reunion-year giving, Jack L. Lewis ’69 and Scott M. Hand ’69 have pledged a combined $250,000 as a Class of ’69 Reunion Challenge Fund. This initiative seeks to promote increased, renewed, and new giving, including multiyear commitments, among Class of ’69 graduates in recognition of their 45th Reunion. The goal of the Challenge Fund is to achieve total giving of at least $500,000 by June 30th by matching gift commitments 1-for-1 for the first $250,000 pledged.

Outright gifts of $5,000 or more will qualify for a Challenge Fund match. Annual Fund gifts and other commitments made to any designation can be paid over five years, i.e., $1,000/year. Planned gifts, such as bequests, charitable gift annuities, and retirement-plan beneficiary designations, also qualify for Challenge Fund-matching. Mr. Lewis and Mr. Hand are optimistic that many of their classmates will consider a planned gift option in addition to their outright support as an effective and convenient means of philanthropy.

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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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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

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Michael Dorf parses conflicting rights claims of individual liberty vs. public good.
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Steve Shiffrin represents pacifist Daniel Finlay in NY State Supreme Court.
Jens Ohlin assesses Russia's arguments for military intervention in Ukraine.
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Lynn Stout's argument endorsed by Washington Post columnist.
Michael Frakes research illustrates "substantive nature of liability rules."
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“It’s a minefield for him,” says Stephen Yale-Loehr of Boehner’s immigration quandary.
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“Anything that can be done with a machine can be done in software, and vice versa,” says Oskar Liivak.
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Michael Dorf judges filibuster "a more potent tool for Republicans than ... for Democrats."
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Charles Whitehead sees benefit for bank in paying fine and moving on.
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CeRI partnership with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau noted on "The White House Blog."

At Myron Taylor Hall

Cornell Law Library shows off some of its bobblehead collection.
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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.
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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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Studious beauty explains convergence of law study, pageant competition.
Sun-Uk Kim's work cited as "a model and an inspiration” by Annelise Riles.
"One intense weekend makes it easier for the students to learn,” says Lynn Stout.
“Disability and Gender in Ethiopia: A Conversation with Two Ethiopian Women” presented at Law School.
Cornell Law students, faculty decide winners.
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Death Penalty Project reaches 12-year mark in representation of intellectually-disabled South Carolina man.
Call for Nominations ~ 8th Annual Alumni Public Service Awards
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"I genuinely believe in their cause,” says Steve Shiffrin of Free Speech for People, co-founded by Jeff Clements J.D.'88.
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New faculty expected by Dean Schwab to "bring great energy and vision to the Law School.”
Teaching animal-rights seminar at Cornell Law School leads Sherry Colb to write book.
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Former Justice Albie Sachs Delivers Lecture on the Landmark Decision
Michael Dorf: threat of military action is "key motivator" in prompting diplomatic cooperation of Assad.
“Meridian 180 will grow in the next five years to become a leading voice for peace and stability in the [Asia-Pacific] …
“Dean Schwab has left the Law School in a very strong position,” says John Siliciano '75, senior vice provost for academic …
Meridian 180 spoke with Professor Soo-Hyuck Lee about the North Korean nuclear issue and its implications for the future …
Visiting Clinical Professor Jonathan Feldman takes leadership.
Meridian 180 speaks with Prof. Soo-Hyuck Lee about meaning of Korean War and recent developments.
Gains by Communist Party regarded as surprise.
Franci J. Blassberg A.B.'75 J.D.'77 is Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence during Fall term.
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Collection is "an everyman's look at legal history of the United States," says associate director Thomas Mills.

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