Clinical Programs - Cornell Law School

Who We Are


Director of Clinical, Advocacy and Skills Programs; Director of the Cornell Death Penalty Project; Professor of Law
Professor Blume clerked for the Hon. Thomas A. Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. After private practice, he became Executive Director of the South Carolina Death Penalty Project, where he remained until 1996. He joined the Cornell Law School faculty in 1993, and, in conjunction with Cornell Professors Sherri Lynn Johnson and Stephen Garvey, formed the Cornell Death Penalty Project. Professor Blume has argued eight capital cases before the United States Supreme Court and been co-counsel or amicus curiae counsel in numerous other Supreme Court cases. He has been involved in more than one hundred capital cases at the trial, appellate, and post-conviction stages. He is the co-author of A Modern Approach to Evidence and Death Penalty Stories and has authored numerous articles in the areas of capital punishment, criminal procedure, and evidence. Professor Blume teaches Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and the Death Penalty in America and supervises the Capital Defense Clinics and Inno­cence Clinics.


Associate Director of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice; Adjunct Professor of Law
Prior to joining Cornell Law School, Professor Elizabeth Brundige was the Robert. M. Cover - Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights and a clinical lecturer in law at Yale Law School, where she co-taught the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic.  She was previously awarded the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship to work with the International Association of Women Judges on programs designed to advance women's access to justice in southern and East Africa.  She was also an Associate Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and a law clerk for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice Sandile Ngcobo of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  Professor Brundige received her B.A. from Yale University, an M.Phil. in Development Studies from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.  Professor Brundige teaches the Global Gender Justice Clinic and is the Executive Director of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice.


Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Law
Professor Bowman received a J.D. with honors from Northwestern University School of Law in 1982, after which she clerked for Judge Richard D. Cudahy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and practiced law at Jenner & Block in Chicago for five years. She began her teaching career as a clinical professor at Northwestern University School of Law and then became prominent as a scholar of family law and feminist jurisprudence before coming to Cornell in 2007, where she teaches Torts, Family Law, and Feminist Jurisprudence, along with the Family Law Clinic. She has published widely in diverse areas having to do with law and women, such as women in the legal profession, sexual harassment, and legal remedies for adult survivors of childhood sex abuse.  She published one of the earliest texts on feminist legal theory, Feminist Jurisprudence (West Publishing 1994), now in its fourth edition, as well as a casebook on Women and Law in Sub-Saharan Africa, co-authored by Akua Kuenyehia, and has continued to write on issues involving violence against women in Africa.  Her most recent research has focused on the rights of cohabiting couples and their children.


Clinical Professor of Law
Professor Cornell is the founding director of the Labor Law Clinic and teaches Labor Law, Practice and Policy as well as related courses.  She has extensive experience in the field of labor and employment law, immigrant workers and international labor law.  Her opinions have been featured in major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, CNN Money, Ms. Magazine, Gannett, Bloomberg Radio, La Jornada, among others. Prior to joining the faculty at the law school, she served as Labor Commissioner on the tripartite New Mexico Labor and Industrial Commission, nominated by Gov. Bill Richardson.  The Commission is the highest body to resolve appeals from the Labor and Industrial Division in the state.  She also served on the Albuquerque Personnel Board adjudicating appeals of employees terminated or subjected to severe discipline and advising the City on related policy matters pursuant to the Merit System Protection Ordinance.  Additionally, she was a partner in a law firm that specialized in labor and employment law and practiced immigration law.  Professor Cornell's work take her to Latin American and other parts of the world regularly.  She had done trainings and presentations to judges, labor lawyers and law professors on international labor law topics in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile and Brazil and argued before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica.  She has participated in labor delegations to Honduras and Turkey.  She has also done work in Bolivian and Nicaragua in the area of clinical legal education.


Professor of Law
Co-author of the leading casebook in administrative law, Professor Farina is also a Fellow of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association. A nationally known scholar of the administrative process, she has served as reporter on a number of national adminis­trative law projects. Most recently, she completed the report of a blue-ribbon cross-disciplinary committee that studied the emerging federal e-rulemaking system in order to make recommendations to Congress and the Obama Administration. She has also served as a reporter on the European Union Project. Following her graduation summa cum laude from Boston University School of Law, Professor Farina clerked for the Hon. Raymond J. Pettine, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island, and for the Hon. Spottswood Robinson, III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She spent three years as a litigator in private practice before she joined Cornell Law School, where she is a principal researcher in the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI) and co-teaches the e-Government Clinic.

Jonathan Feldman

Visiting Clinical Professor (Fall 2013)
Jonathan Feldman is a Visiting Clinical Professor, who will direct the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic in the fall of 2013. He has 25 years of legal experience, 23 of them as a public interest lawyer. After graduating from Oberlin College and New York University School of Law, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. James T. Giles, a federal district court judge in Philadelphia. He then worked for the Education Law Center in Newark, New Jersey, and the Community Service Society in New York City, focusing on impact litigation concerning civil rights, including equitable school funding and voting rights. Since 1997, he has worked in the Rochester office of the Empire Justice Center. At Empire Justice, he concentrates largely on special education cases and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) cases, on behalf of individual clients and in systems-change litigation. Notable cases include class action lawsuits against the Rochester City School District and the Greece Central School District, brought on behalf of all students with disabilities in those districts. In addition to practicing civil rights law, he has taught and published in the field. In 2007, he served as a visiting assistant professor at Syracuse University College of Law, where he was acting director of the Disability Rights Clinic. He has also taught Education Law as an adjunct professor, both at Seton Hall University School of Law, and more recently at the University of Rochester's Graduate School of Education. He has published several law review articles, which have appeared in such journals as Rutgers Law Journal and California Law Review . He is a co-author of Education Law (Fifth Edition), a textbook which is scheduled to be published in September of 2013.


Clinical Professor of Law
After his graduation from Case Western Reserve University Law School, Professor Galbreath developed extensive litigation experience in his two years as a staff attorney for the Ohio Migrant Legal Action Program and Toledo Legal Aid Society and ten years as Deputy Director for Litigation for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., an Ohio legal services organiza­tion dedicated to representing low income plaintiffs in federal class action suits involving major-impact litigation. Professor Galbreath joined the Cornell Law School clinical faculty in 1986.  Since 1991, he has been elected six times as the Justice in the Village of Cayuga Heights. He regularly presents lectures and workshops to judges and other professionals on a wide variety of legal topics.  Professor Galbreath taught Trial Advocacy and supervised several public interest clinics for over 25 years and now focusses on teaching the five externship courses.


Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Susan Hazeldean joined the Cornell Law School faculty in July 2011. Professor Hazeldean's teaching, scholarship, and law practice have focused on gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and civil rights. Before entering law teaching, Professor Hazeldean directed the Peter Cicchino Youth Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City, providing free legal representation to homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in immigration, foster care, public benefits, and family law matters. Prior to coming to Cornell, she was a Robert M. Cover Fellow at Yale Law School and taught in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic.  Professor Hazeldean's writing has appeared in the U.C. Davis Law Review; Benders Immigration Review and the ABA Human Rights Magazine. Professor Hazeldean received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She is a recipient of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship. Professor Hazeldean teaches the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Clinic and is a member of the New York Bar.


Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Professor Jacobson has a national reputation as a leading practitioner in securities arbitration and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association. He frequently is quoted in the national media on issues related to investment fraud and investor protection, and he has served as one of a small number of private practice attorneys who trained new arbitrators for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Professor Jacobson has argued cases in numerous federal and state courts, including the Courts of Appeal for the First, Fifth and Sixth Circuits, and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He was at one time Senior Editor of the Harvard Inter-national Law Journal and Director of Litigation for the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project. Prior to joining the Cornell Law faculty in 2007, he ran a highly successful civil litigation and arbitration practice in Providence, Rhode Island. Professor Jacobson teaches the Securities Law Clinic.


Assistant Director of the Cornell Death Penalty Project; James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law
Sheri Lynn Johnson is an expert on the interface of race and issues in criminal procedure, and she serves as the Assistant Director of the Cornell Death Penalty project, an initiative to foster empirical scholarship on the death penalty, offer students an opportunity to work with practitioners on death penalty cases, and provide information and assistance for death penalty lawyers. After her graduation from Yale Law School in 1979, Professor Johnson worked for a year in the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the New York Legal Aid Society and then joined the Cornell Law School Faculty in 1981. Professor Johnson co-found­ed the Cornell Death Penalty Project in 1993. She currently teaches constitutional and criminal law and supervises the Capital Defense Clinics.


Director of the Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic; Clinical Professor of Law
After directing the D.C. Asylum Representation Program for Human Rights First, Professor Lyon joined the law faculties of American and Villanova University. She received the Association of American Law Schools' Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award for her work founding the nation's first law school farmworker clinic. Prelaw Magazine named her program among the nation's top 25 most innovative clinics and the ABA Standards on Language Access to Justice cited her Community Interpreter Internship program as a best practice. Professor Lyon co-authored Global Issues in Immigration Law and publishes frequently on the topic of migrant rights. Professor Lyon serves on the boards of the Global Workers Justice Alliance, Latina/Latino Critical Legal Theory, and the Society of American Law Teachers. Professor Lyon directs the Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic.


Clinical Professor of Law (Lawyering)
Estelle McKee teaches Lawyering and the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic, which she co-founded with Stephen Yale-Loehr in 2003.  Estelle has significant experience in administrative practice before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Following her graduation from Columbia Law School, she spent two years as a Pro Se Law Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she specialized in immigration, employment, and bankruptcy cases. After her clerkship, Estelle litigated as a rural legal services attorney in areas of employment, housing, domestic violence, immigration (Violence Against Women Act petitions), and consumer law. She also engaged in appellate and immigration practice. Professor McKee previously taught at Cornell Law School (2000-2006), where she was the first clinical faculty to receive the Anne Lukingbeal award for outstanding commitment to women at the law school.  Estelle also taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School (2006-2007) before returning to Cornell.  She is an assistant editor of Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, in which she authored two articles. She has also published in Bender's Immigration Bulletin and  the Immigration Law & Procedure legal treatise.  Her areas of focus are immigration law and legal writing.


Clinical Professor of Law (Lawyering)
Andrea J. Mooney is a clinical professor in both the Lawyering Program and the Clinical Program.  She came to Cornell Law School after a career in child advocacy.  She began as a special education teacher and later joined the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translation Research at the College of Human Ecology at Cornell.  There, she directed programs that provided training for child protective services workers and for staff working in residential child care programs.  After graduating from Cornell Law School she worked for several years at the local Office of Attorneys for Children before joining the law school faculty.  She continues to represent children at both the trial and appellate level. 


Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Newhart's research focuses on conflict and dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on the use of arbitration and mediation in U.S. employment relations. More recently she has focused on facilitating and moderating group collaborative decision-making, including the use of technology to support asynchronous consensus building. Professor Newhart is Executive Director of the Cornell e-Rule-making Initiative and Law the and Public Policy Program at Cornell University. She co-teaches the e-Government Clinic.


Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Salisbury is an attorney with a practice in Ithaca, New York. He received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.R.P. degree from Cornell University. He received his J.D. from Cornell Law in 1996. His main areas of work are criminal and education law and international human rights/rule of law issues. From 1999 to 2001, before returning to practice in Ithaca, he ran a legal aid program in Bosnia and Kosovo. Prior to this he also developed and ran human rights and civil society programs in Liberia in1997-1998 and in Somaliain 1993-1994. Professor Salisbury teaches the Criminal Defense Trial Clinic.


Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Sarachan holds B.S. and B.A. degrees from SUNY-Binghamton, an M.S. in Accounting from Syracuse University, and M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University. He has a varied private practice in Ithaca and also serves part-time as an attorney for the city. He has authored accounting text-books and has taught various accounting and business related courses at Indiana University, Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He currently teaches in, and directs, the paralegal program at Tompkins Cortland Community College. At Cornell Law, Professor Sarachan teaches Accounting for Lawyers and directs the Prosecu­tion Trial Clinic.


Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Siegel has practiced almost exclusively in the field of securities litigation/arbitration for 25 years. After graduating from the University of Miami Law School with honors in 1985, Professor Siegel joined a large Miami firm where she represented major broker/dealers both in federal court and arbitration and was at the forefront of litigation concerning mandatory arbitration issues. Thereafter, Professor Siegel was in-house counsel at Prudential Securities in NYC, managing high profile litigations and class actions. In recent years, Professor Siegel moved to the 'other side of the street' and now exclusively advocates for public investors against financial institutions. Professor Siegel has taught at the Syracuse University College of Law and currently manages the Pearl Law Firm's Syracuse office. She is a member of the Public Investors Arbitra­tion Bar Association (PIABA), current Chair of PIABA's Self Regulatory Organization Committee, and an active member of PIABA's Amicus Committee. Professor Siegel co-teaches the Securities Law Clinic.


Director of Death Penalty Litigation; Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Weyble is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to joining Cornell, he spent twelve years in private practice in South Carolina, where he concentrated on the litigation of capital cases in state and federal courts. He has represented prisoners in capital cases in the state and/or federal courts of Alabama, Indiana, Missis­sippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, and he has served as co-counsel for the prisoner in five habeas corpus cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. At Cornell Law, he teaches seminars on Advanced Criminal Procedure: Post-Conviction Remedies and Capital Punishment Law, and co-teaches the Capital Clinics and Innocence Clinics.


Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Yale-Loehr is one of the nation's preeminent authorities on U.S. immigra­tion and asylum law. A prolific scholar, he has written many law review articles and is author or co-author of four standard reference works. He was editor-in-chief of The Cornell International Law Journal, and he co-authors a bimonthly column for The New York Law Journal. He is counsel to the Ithaca firm of Miller Mayer. Upon receiving his Cornell J.D. cum laude, Professor Yale-Loehr clerked for Chief Judge Howard G. Munson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. He is the 2001 recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Elmer Fried Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2004 recipient of AILA's Edith Lowenstein Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. Professor Yale-Loehr teaches the Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic.