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Thomas W. Christopher J.D.'84 Establishes Fund for Business Law

Thomas Christopher enhanced the resources of the Jack G. Clarke Institute for the Study & Practice of Business Law by establishing an endowment to provide annual funding for instruction, research, and programming developed by the Clarke Institute. Preferential areas to receive support from the Thomas W. Christopher Business Law Fund are entrepreneurship, business-creation, emerging technologies, and collaborative initiatives between the respective faculties of Cornell Law School and the Cornell/NYC Tech Campus.

“I’m extremely grateful for the excellent legal education Cornell Law School provided me,” said Mr. Christopher.  “As a corporate lawyer, I’m thrilled to lend my support to the Clarke Institute, and am particularly excited about encouraging collaboration between the Law School and the Cornell/NYC Tech Campus. I’m confident the Clarke Institute will continue to enhance the Law School’s academic excellence and reputation in the years and decades to come.”

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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

Robert Hockett: money should go to victims of fraud.
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Michael Dorf identifies "insuperable obstacle" for House Republicans.
Stephen Yale-Loehr examines the options for dealing with the more than 50,000 children.
House Republican lawsuit vs. President a "legitimate move" aimed to garner "publicity," says Josh Chafetz.
Michael Dorf proposes eight options for providing an accommodation to individual religious conscience.
Robert Hockett: "Citi will end up bringing in rents from people who used to own homes."
Charles Whitehead: don't short-sell illiquid stocks "unless you're prepared for the consequences."
Hockett: principal-reduction key element to providing relief to failing mortgages.
Yale-Loehr: "It is about changing the hearts and minds of people fleeing violence and severe persecution.”
Michael Dorf: Chief Justice building "legitimacy" through partial accommodations.
Stephen Yale-Loehr: plenary power doctrine gives President broad authority over immigration policy.
Estimated 12% of all NYC mortgaged homes "in serious crisis."
Calls out Cornell as place of "My most formative intellectual experiences."
Stephen Yale-Loehr comments on prospects of immigration reform.
Robert Hockett: "If their homes are underwater, then ... the people who drive real growth have negative net worth.”
Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law Lynn Stout cited three times in June 23 decision.
Robert Hockett: any NYC approach to resolving underwater mortgages is "game-changing."
Robert Hockett cites stress-test failures as "one of the factors in the decision-making process" at Citigroup.
Jens Ohlin: "The AUMF was a 9/11-specific authorization."
Stephen Yale-Loehr: influx of child immigrants an "unintended consequence" of 2012 Executive Action.
Jens Ohlin: "It’s an Article One versus Article Two issue.”
Robert Hockett: GOP pandering to "traditionalists" encourages denial of U.S. sovereignty.
Yale-Loehr: Republicans unlikely to act before August recess.
Who knew what when and should they have known it sooner? - Charles Whitehead comments.
Sherry Colb analyzes SCOTUS attitude toward capital punishment in light of Hall v. Florida.
Florida law protecting intellectually disabled is OK, could be improved, says John Blume.
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Michael Dorf discusses SCOTUS decision in Bond v. United States and its implications.
Robert Hockett reviews "Stress Test" and "House of Debt" - and argues 2008 crisis persists.
Charles Whitehead: collapse of BNP Paribas's U.S. business "highly unlikely."
Three-week field trip called "game-changer" by faculty, students.
Stewart Schwab says employees' use of third-party entities justified, given VA "pattern of unresponsiveness."
John Blume hopeful SCOTUS will hear conviction appeal of Billy Wayne Cope.
Lynn Stout: Benefit corporations "very much a marketing thing," with benefits.
Charles Whitehead: "trusted counsel" will not be "yes-men."
Avon Center executive director Liz Brundige sees "world ... becoming increasingly globalized."
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At Myron Taylor Hall

Exceptional student research and writing recognized by Law Librarians.
"Allowing H-1B spouses to work would be an important change," says Stephen Yale-Loehr.
Professor recognized by Women's Law Coalition for "an outstanding commitment to the women of Cornell."
Law alumni from range of practice areas offer students advice and guidance.
New wing encourages "clarity," "openness," and "accessibility" says Stewart Schwab.
Barbara Holden-Smith credits outgoing dean Stewart Schwab with building project's fruition.
WLC president Christine Kim calls event, “the highlight of the year for members of the Women’s Law Coalition.”
Record number of visitors attend 2014 Admitted Student Day/Diversity Weekend.
Cornell Law Library shows off some of its bobblehead collection.
“Every year I am so impressed by the commitment and talent demonstrated by the awardees,” says Karen Comstock.
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.
"Moot court for deals lawyers" prepares students to face "steep learning curve" after graduation.
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.
"One of the giants of contemporary torts scholars” says Law School Dean Stewart Schwab.
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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.
Bangladesh Supreme Court Justice calls traditional practice "disastrous" for individuals and nation.
Death Penalty Project reaches 12-year mark in representation of intellectually-disabled South Carolina man.
Call for Nominations ~ 8th Annual Alumni Public Service Awards
Be a brand. Be flexible. Have passion. Be confident. Connect.
"I genuinely believe in their cause,” says Steve Shiffrin of Free Speech for People, co-founded by Jeff Clements J.D.'88.
Daphna Hacker of Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law speaks at Cornell Law School.
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.
Professor Dennis Altman, La Trobe University, on Australia's federal election results.
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 …

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