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Robert C. Stevens Enhances Scholarship, Professorship

Robert C. Stevens enhanced the endowment fund of the Eva Howe Stevens Scholarship in Cornell Law School with a major gift in fiscal 2014.  Named for Mr. Stevens’s step-mother Eva (his mother Pauline died in 1934, when he was eleven years old), the Eva Howe Stevens Scholarship was established by the Cornell University Board of Trustees and provides an annual tuition-assistance grant to a J.D. candidate at Cornell Law School on the basis of demonstrated scholarship and financial need.  Eva Howe Stevens was the spouse of Robert S. Stevens, the Dean of Cornell Law School from 1937 to 1954, whom she married in 1940.

In addition to his enhancement gift to the Stevens Scholarship, Mr. Stevens augmented the endowment of the Robert S. Stevens Fund, originally established by his father, Robert S. Stevens, as “Anonymous Fund #12,” and generously augmented by his step-mother Eva Howe Stevens.

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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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