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Alumni Rally to Honor George Washington Fields LL.B. 1890

In a project initiated by Andrianne S. Payson-Livingston J.D. `00, Laura A. Wilkinson M.B.A. `85, J.D. `86, and Ernest Eric Elmore A.B. `86, J.D. `89, a scholarship endowment in honor of George Washington Fields LL.B. 1890 was established in Cornell Law School to provide a tuition-assistance grant to a J.D. candidate.  Building on leadership gifts provided by Ms. Wilkinson, Ms. Payson-Livingston and Mr. Elmore, Cornell Law alumni have rallied to support this fund, intended to commemorate the life and achievement of George Washington Fields.  Born a slave in 1854 and once a butler to governor of New York Alonzo B. Cornell (son of CU co-founder Ezra Cornell), George Washington Fields was among the first African-Americans to graduate from any school at Cornell. He matriculated in what was then the Department of Law as a member of its inaugural entering class of fifty-five students in 1887.  He received his LL.B. as a member of the graduating class of 1890.  His senior thesis (a requirement at the time), “Trial by Jury,” argued for the abandonment of jury trials in favor of empowering the presiding judge or judges to render a verdict directly.

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Cornell Law School in the News

John Blume: "I wouldn't be surprised if they did very little to almost nothing at this stage of the proceeding."
Muna Ndulo reviews and assesses progress in women's rights.
Robert Hockett: all of these suits address question of "the degree of diligence actually exercised."
Saule Omarova: Fed likely to use "some sort of capital surcharge.”
Lynn Stout: "'psychopathogenic' pressures" created by "incentive contracts" typically "snuff out conscience."
Josh Chafetz: "There's no reason why the House can't subpoena a former official for records that are in her possession."
Sital Kilantry discuss documentary film by Leslee Udwin about 2012 gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh.
Robert Hockett: trial outcome will send "a very important signal."
Lynn Stout: Corporate "short-termism driven by an unhealthy obsession with the concept of shareholder value."
Robert Hockett: "what the SFO is doing in the UK is supplying that hitherto missing element in the U.S."
Jens Ohlin: "smartest thing for them to do is to commit themselves publicly to reforming their policing and judicial …
Stephen Yale-Loehr: SCOTUS only can resolve question of constitutionality.
Robert Hockett: "Greece and other southern EU members [might] need a Mediterranean euro of their own.”
Robert Hockett: settlements leave "billions of dollars in profits this year ... all of the profits gleaned in prior years."
Jehns Olin: Plaintiffs should "attack" assets that PLO and Palestinian Authority have in U.S.
Robert Hockett: case "is bound to sensitise the DoJ and the CFTC to ... large financial institutions engaging in this …
Lynn Stout: Proposal "simply is asking them to think about creating a policy to deal with this difficult ethical issue.”
Stephen Yale-Loehr: "The federal courts have been very deferential to the executive branch on immigration issues."
Stephen Yale-Loehr: "Despite the anti-immgration rhetoric ... the temporary injunction itself is narrow."
Stephen Yale-Loehr: administration likely to win on the merits.
Peter Martin: telling people about "how to cite in accordance with The Bluebook is not infringing on copyright,"
Lynn Stout: “You simply can’t be a lawyer at a large firm without grounding in business language and business institutions.”
Stephen Yale-Loehr: "Congress should abolish the programme.”
John Blume is appeals attorney for Edward Freiburger, 72, who has served 13 years of life sentence in state prison.
Annelise Riles: Japanese cultural norms favor behavior beneficial to society at large.
Excerpt from Jens Ohlin's book, "The Assault on International Law."
Jeffrey Rachlinski: mother and daughter are public figures, proof of journalist's malice difficult.
Annelise Riles: Japan should follow German model of comprehensive settlement package.
Michael Dorf: if it's open to general public, it cannot legally exclude any specific group.
John Blume: if court uses Briseño factors, "it's almost impossible to win."
Valerie Hans on the challenges of selecting impartial jury in "blanket coverage" cases - audio presentation.
Robert Hockett: "bolder investors" in U.S. might see now as time to buy in Europe.
Stephen Yale-Loehr: piecemeal immigration reform possible, not likely, during next two years.
Robert Hockett: President has tried - but not too hard - to make tax code more progressive.
Valerie Hans: public largely suspicious and hostile toward insanity defense in criminal trials.
Michael Dorf: "the objection is academic."
Jens David Ohlin: Nigeria and President Goodluck Jonathan face "classic conundrum."
Valerie Hans: "selecting an impartial jury ... would have been less difficult in another jurisdiction."
John Blume: guilty plea "might somewhat influence the jury to calibrate the sentence.”
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At Myron Taylor Hall

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."
Kenyan U.N. Ambassador Macharia Kamau keynote speaker at Cornell International Law Journal’s 2015 Symposium.
Muna Ndulo: “Students understand their own legal systems better when they are exposed to other systems.”
Lynda Grant J.D. `82: "whatever you do when you leave here, you’d better love it.”
Ryan Mansell '15 and Zoe Jones '15 square-off in final round.
Law School professor emeritus a favorite of Cornell students for more than a decade.
Law students partner with law firms to assist displaced Iraqis and other refugees from Middle East.
From the Bench to the Beach: Judith Rossiter headed home.
Adam Liptak discusses Joseph Lochner v. New York case at Myron Taylor Hall.
Susan Hazeldean, director of the LGBT Clinic, is co-counsel on case.
Symposium convenes scholars, practicing lawyers, and judges.
Michael Dorf ponders the nature, purpose, value, quality, problems, and audience of "law review" articles.
Membership describes "violence against the black community by law enforcement officers" "a systemic problem."
Global Gender Justice Clinic and Avon Global Center for Women and Justice co-sponsor resolution.
Cynthia Bowman: "A lot of these cases hinge on he-said, she-said."
Lynn Stout named with Chelsea Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and 95 others.
John Blume: "rule that people with intellectual disability shouldn’t be executed" is disparately applied.
Law School partnership with Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.
"Are we in a different place legally because we're in a different place technologically?"
Yale law librarian presents “Quote Unquote: Compiling The Yale Book of Quotations.”
South Carolina Supreme Court rules sentences are cruel and unusual punishment.
Concluding event of Transactional Lawyering course is unique among nation's law schools.
Stephen Yale-Loehr: Cornell University might have 50 to 100 students who are undocumented.
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.

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