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Jonathan Zhu J.D. 1992 and Ruby Ye M.S. 1990, Ph.D. 1992, Endow Law Professorship

Jia “Jonathan” Zhu, J.D. 1992, and Ruyin “Ruby” Ye, M.S. 1990, Ph.D. 1992 formalized a gift commitment to endow a new professorship in Cornell Law School. The Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professorship will be conferred at the discretion of the Allan R. Tessler Dean of Cornell Law School to “an outstanding faculty member who is in the Law School or who will be recruited externally.” Any area of research and teaching comprehended by legal academia may be associated with the Zhu Professorship, thus making it adaptable to changes in the scholarly environment. Cornell’s Board of Trustees approved the Zhu Professorship in January of this year. As the endowment threshold is expected to be reached in 2019, we look forward to having the inaugural Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor to be named sometime that year.


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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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Robert Hockett: “They look like the strategy has blown up in their faces.”
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At Myron Taylor Hall

Prize endowment given by Barbara Cantwell in honor of late husband Robert Cantwell, A.B. 1953, J.D. 1956.
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Project will focus on bringing U.S. refugee practices more in line with international law.
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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.”
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Susan Hazeldean, director of the LGBT Clinic, is co-counsel on case.
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