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Since its founding in 1887, Cornell Law School has sought to exemplify the ideal stated by then‑University President Andrew D. White:


"Our aim should be to keep its instruction strong, its standards high, and so to send out not swarms of hastily prepared pettifoggers, but a fair number of well‑trained, large‑minded, morally based lawyers in the best sense, who as they gain experience may be classed as jurists and become a blessing to the country, at the bar, on the bench, and in various public bodies."


Today, Cornell Law School is a major center of research and a leader in legal education. Its state‑of‑the‑art facilities, in Ithaca, New York, are among the most beautiful in the nation. Its faculty are known as both prolific scholars and top‑flight teachers. Its students are among the most talented, and heavily recruited, in the country. Its graduates are leaders here and abroad.


The Law School's relatively small size assures that students are able to sample widely from the richness of the curriculum and to interact effectively with the faculty. The school also benefits from its close connection with the other twelve graduate and undergraduate colleges that make up Cornell University, the largest of the Ivy League universities. A variety of joint degree and other more informal programs provide students with a wide range of options in shaping their studies to suit their particular interests and strengths.


In keeping with the traditions of Cornell University, the Law School has a strong international focus, and is at the forefront of technological developments that are in the process of revolutionizing legal education and legal practice. The Berger International Legal Studies program consists of a set of courses and activities that allow students to integrate substantive legal principles with practical, cross‑cultural experiences. The recently established Paris Institute of International and Comparative Law combines the Law School's resources with those of the University of Paris I (Pantheon‑Sorbonne), one of the world's oldest and most respected universities. The Law School's Legal Information Institute has been a pioneer in the application of Internet and CD‑ROM technology to legal education and law practice. Commentators consider LII's site on the world‑wide‑web to be one of the most influential and important sites in the Internet legal world.


Over half of the Law School's students participate in various clinical programs offered as part of the curriculum. They also benefit from a strong writing and research emphasis in the first year and later, in writing‑intensive seminars. In addition, students publish three scholarly journals: the Cornell Law Review, the Cornell International Law Journal, and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. The result is graduates who have not only a strong theoretical background, but also the practical skills necessary to feel comfortable in the world of law practice.


The Law School is located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, an area known for its scenic beauty, its recreational and cultural opportunities, and the many wineries in the surrounding hills. Ithaca is a small city distinguished by an unexpected range of diversions and enlivened by its large university community. The Fall recruiting season makes a perfect time for law firms, government agencies and other employers to interview students, visit the area, and take in the colors, the harvest, and the clear air that characterize our annual change of seasons. Visiting employers can be sure of an interesting slate of interviews and, when not talking to students, may take advantage of the amenities of the on‑campus Statler Hotel (run under the auspices of Cornell's world‑renowned Hotel School).



Stewart J. Schwab (607) 255‑3527

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:

Barbara Holden‑Smith (607) 255‑8577

Associate Dean and Dean of Students/Career Services:

Anne Lukingbeal (607) 255‑5839

Associate Dean Communications and Enrollment:

Richard Geiger (607) 255‑5141

Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development:

Peter Cronin (607) 255‑3370

Associate Dean for Administration and Finance:

Richard F. Robinson (607) 255‑4299

Law Librarian:

Claire Germain (607) 255‑5857



STEWART J. SCHWAB, (Dean and Allan R. Tessler Professor of Law), born Chapel Hill, North Carolina; admitted to bar, 1982, District of Columbia. Education: Swarthmore (B.A., 1975); University of Michigan (J.D., 1980; Ph.D., 1981). COURSES: Law & Economics, Torts, Employment Law, Corporations.

GREGORY S. ALEXANDER, (Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, November 3, 1948. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1970); Northwestern University (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Trusts and Estates, Property.


JOHN J. BARCELO III, (William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law), born New Orleans, Louisiana, September 23, 1940; admitted to bar, 1967, Louisiana; 1974, District of Columbia; 1975, New York. Education: Tulane (B.A., 1962; J.D., 1966); Harvard (S.J.D., 1977). COURSES: International Business Transactions, European Union, International Commercial Arbitration, Torts, Admiralty.


JOHN H. BLUME, (Associate Professor of Law and Director of Cornell Death Penalty Project), born 1955; admitted to bar, 1985, South Carolina. Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., 1978); Yale University (J.D., 1984).


KEVIN M. CLERMONT, (Flanagan Professor of Law), born New York, New York, October 25, 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, Massachusetts; 1974, New York. Education: Princeton (A.B., 1967); Harvard (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Civil Procedure, International Litigation.


STEVEN D. CLYMER, (Professor of Law), born White Plains, New York, May 16, 1958; admitted to bar, 1983, Pennsylvania; 1987, California; 1996, New York. Education: Cornell (B.A., 1980; J.D., 1983). COURSES: Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy.


ROGER C. CRAMTON, (Stevens Professor of Law Emeritus), born Pittsfield, Massachusetts, May 18, 1929; admitted to bar, 1956, Vermont, Michigan and New York. Education: Harvard (B.A., 1950); University of Chicago (J.D., 1955). COURSES: Legal Ethics, Torts, Conflict of Laws.


THEODORE EISENBERG, (Henry Allen Mark Professor of Law), born Brooklyn, New York, October 26, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, Pennsylvania; 1974, New York; 1977, California. Education: Swarthmore (B.A., 1969); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Civil Rights, Tax, Empirical Studies.


CYNTHIA R. FARINA, (Professor of Law), born Pennsylvania, June 25, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, District of Columbia; 1981, Massachusetts. Education: Ursinus (B.A., 1976); Boston University (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Administrative Law, Federal Courts, Injunctions, Separation of Powers.


GLENN G. GALBREATH, (Senior Lecturer/Staff Attorney), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1946; admitted to bar, 1974, Ohio; 1986, New York. Education: Westminster College (B.A., 1971); Case Western Reserve (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Clinics, Trial Advocacy.


STEPHEN P. GARVEY, (Professor of Law), born Cortland, New York, September 24, 1965; admitted to bar, 1993, New York and District of Columbia. Education: Colgate (B.A., 1987); Oxford (M.Phil., 1989); Yale (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Legal Process, Capital Sentencing.


CLAIRE M. GERMAIN, (Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Professor of Law), born Chaumont, France. Education: Paris III‑Sorbonne (Lic., 1971); Paris XII (LL.B., 1974); Louisiana State (M.C.L., 1975); University of Denver (M.L.L., 1977). COURSES: Comparative Law, Legal Research, Information Technology, French Law.


ROBERT A. GREEN, (Professor of Law), born Washington, D.C., October 8, 1949; admitted to bar, 1983, District of Columbia. Education: University of Chicago (B.A., 1971); California Institute of Technology (M.S., 1973); Georgetown (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Taxation, International Trade.


GEORGE A. HAY, (Edward Cornell Professor of Law and Professor of Economics), born 1942. Education: LeMoyne (B.S., 1963; M.A., 1967); Northwestern (Ph.D., 1969). COURSES: Advanced Antitrust Law & Policy, Antitrust & Health Care.


MICHAEL R. HEISE, (Professor of Law and Director of Communications), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, Illinois. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1983); University of Chicago (J.D., 1987).


JAMES A. HENDERSON, JR., (Frank B. Ingersoll Professor of Law), born Miami, Florida, February 6, 1938; admitted to bar, 1962, Florida; 1965, Massachusetts. Education: Princeton (A.B., 1959); Harvard (LL.B., 1962; LL.M., 1964). COURSES: Torts, Products Liability, Insurance, Environmental Law, Legal Process.


ROBERT A. HILLMAN, (Edwin H. Woodruff Professor of Law), born New York, New York, December 23, 1946; admitted to bar, 1973, New York; 1976, Iowa. Education: University of Rochester (B.A., 1969); Cornell (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Law.


ROBERT C. HOCKETT, (Assistant Professor of Law), Education: University Kansas (B.A.; J.D.); Oxford University (M.A.); Yale Law School (LL.M; J.S.D., 2004).


BARBARA J. HOLDEN‑SMITH, (Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs), born Washington, D.C., November 2, 1950; admitted to bar, 1984, Illinois; 1987, District of Columbia. Education: Lake Forest (B.S., 1973); University of Chicago (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Legal History.


SHERI LYNN JOHNSON, (Professor of Law), born Minnesota, September 12, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, New York. Education: University of Minnesota (B.A., 1975); Yale (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty.


DOUGLAS A. KYSAR, (Assistant Professor of Law), Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1995); Harvard (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Torts, Products Liability, Lawyers and Clients, Consumerism.


MITCHEL D. LASSER, (Professor of Law), born 1964; admitted to bar, 1991, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1986); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1989); Yale University (M.A., 1990; Ph.D., 1995).


PETER W. MARTIN, (Jane M. G. Foster Professor of Law), born Ohio, April 11, 1939; admitted to bar, 1964, Ohio. Education: Cornell (B.A., 1961); Harvard (LL.B., 1964). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Property, Legal Informatics.


JOANNE M. MINER, (Director, Cornell Legal Aid, Senior Lecturer), born Oswego, New York, July 31, 1946; admitted to bar, 1975, Connecticut; 1986, New York. Education: Elmira College (B.A., 1968); International Christian University, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan; University of Connecticut (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Civil Clinic, Women & Law Clinic, Law Guardian Externship.


TREVOR W. MORRISON, (Assistant Professor of Law), born May 16, 1971; admitted to bar, 2001, Maryland; 2002, District of Columbia. Education: University of British Columbia (B.A., 1994); Columbia (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Immigration and Nationality Law.


MUNA NDULO, (Professor of Law and Director of Institute for African Development), Education: University of Zambia (LL.B, 1970); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1971); Trinity College, Oxford University (D.Phil., 1977).


JEFFREY J. RACHLINSKI, (Professor of Law and Director of Research), born Buffalo, New York, June 22, 1966; admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: Johns Hopkins (B.A.M.A., 1988); Stanford (Ph.D., 1994). COURSES: Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure.


ANNELISE RILES, (Professor of Law and Professor of Anthropology), Education: Princeton (A.B., 1988); London School of Economics (M.Sc., 1990); Harvard (J.D., 1993); Cambridge University (Ph.D., 1996). COURSES: Anthropology of Law, Comparative Law, Conflicts of Laws, Property Law, Futures Markets Regulation.


FAUST F. ROSSI, (Samuel S. Leibowitz Professor of Trial Techniques), born Rochester, New York, August 9, 1932; admitted to bar, 1960, New York. Education: University of Toronto (B.A., 1953); Cornell (LL.B., 1960). COURSES: Evidence, Civil Procedure, Trial Advocacy.


EMILY SHERWIN, (Professor of Law), Education: Lake Forest (B.A., 1977); Boston University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Property, Trusts and Estates, Feminist Jurisprudence.


STEVEN H. SHIFFRIN, (Professor of Law), born Los Angeles, California, May 3, 1941; admitted to bar, 1975, California. Education: Loyola University of Los Angeles (B.A., 1963; J.D., 1975); San Fernando Valley State College (M.A., 1964). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Defamation & Privacy.


GARY J. SIMSON, (Professor of Law), born Newark, New Jersey, March 18, 1950; admitted to bar, 1974, Connecticut; 1980, New York. Education: Yale (B.A., 1971; J.D., 1974). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Conflict of Laws.


BARRY STROM, (Senior Lecturer/Staff Attorney), born Bronx, New York, March 4, 1947; admitted to bar, 1997, New York. Education: Rochester Institute of Technology (B.S., 1970); Cornell (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Governmental Benefits, Poverty Law.


ROBERT S. SUMMERS, (William G. McRoberts Professor in the Administration of Law), born Halfway, Oregon, September 19, 1933; admitted to bar, 1959, Oregon; 1974, New York. Education: University of Oregon (B.S., 1955); Harvard (LL.B., 1959). COURSES: Contracts, Legal Philosophy.


WINNIE F. TAYLOR, (Professor of Law), born 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, New York. Education: Grambling State University (B.A., 1972); Buffalo (J.D., 1975); University of Wisconsin ‑ Madison (LL.M., 1979). COURSES: Consumer Law, Contracts, Credit Discrimination, Commercial Law, Employment Discrimination.


W. BRADLEY WENDEL, (Associate Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1994, Washington. Education: Rice University (B.A., 1991); Duke Law School (J.D., 1994).


DAVID WIPPMAN, (Professor of Law and Vice Provost for International Relations), born Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 15, 1954; admitted to bar, 1982, District of Columbia. Education: Princeton (B.A., 1976); Yale (M.A., 1978; J.D., 1982). COURSES: Public International Law, Human Rights.


CHARLES W. WOLFRAM, (Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law), born Cleveland, Ohio, February 28, 1937; admitted to bar, 1962, District of Columbia; 1974, Minnesota. Education: Notre Dame (B.A., 1959); University of Texas (LL.B., 1962). COURSES: Legal Ethics.