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As a significant part of their extraordinary generosity to Cornell Law School, Jack G. and Dorothea S. Clarke have endowed three professorships. Each named chair is distinct in nature and purpose, and addresses a subject area of legal academic inquiry that is of particular interest to its donor.
Jack G. Clarke LL.B. '52 was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell, in New York City, and later within the oil industry: first, in the law department of Creole Petroleum Corporation (a Venezuelan subsidiary of what was at that time Standard Oil of New Jersey), and subsequently at Exxon Corporation, in New York. Mr. Clarke's career at Exxon, which spanned more than three decades, afforded him extensive experience of the nations of Persian Gulf and the non-western cultures of the Arabian Peninsula and The Levant. His work as a negotiator for Exxon with representatives of oil-producing states like Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and the United Arab Emirates showed Mr. Clarke that it was enjoyable and instructive to learn about foreign peoples and cultures, as well as essential to pursuing global interests and practicing international law. Jack G. Clarke earned an LL.M. in international law from Harvard Law School, and was named a Cornell Law School Distinguished Alumnus in 1991. He is an emeritus member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Council; chaired the Rudolf B. Schlesinger Fellowship fund; and co-chaired the 1986-1989 capital campaign for the expansion and renovation of Myron Taylor Hall.
Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Feminist JurisprudenceThe Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Feminist Jurisprudence was created in Cornell Law School in 1997 by Jack G. and Dorothea S. Clarke, and as such was the first named chair in feminist jurisprudence in American legal education. The Dorothea S. Clarke Professorship is intended for "a law professor who has achieved distinction in a field related to women and the law, such as civil rights, family law, and feminist jurisprudence."
Martha L. A. Fineman was the first Dorothea S. Clarke Professor. The current holder of this professorship is Cynthia Grant Bowman.
Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal StudiesThe Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies was created in Cornell Law School in 2000. This Professorship is intended for "a scholar whose primary experience and interest is in Far East law and culture."
Annalise Riles is the first Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies.
Jack G. Clarke Professor of International and Comparative LawJack G. and Dorothea S. Clarke created the Jack G. Clarke Professor of International and Comparative Law in 1997. It is intended broadly for an expert in that area of academic legal studies.
The Jack G. Clarke Professor of International and Comparative Law is Mitchel Lasser.
Edward Cornell Law LibrarianGeorge D. Cornell and Harriet Cornell funded the endowment for the Edward Cornell Law Librarian over a period of three years, beginning in 1988. The Chair honors George Cornell's father, Edward Cornell, a member of the first Law School class in 1887, who served as law librarian during 1890-1891. The Agreement Letter reads, in part, "The income of this fund shall be used in support of compensation of the incumbent librarian and auxiliary costs and expenses that support the work of the librarian and the Cornell Law Library."
The first Edward Cornell Law Librarian was Jane L. Hammond. Professor Hammond was succeeded in this position by Claire M. Germain. The current Edward Cornell Law Librarian is Femi Cadmus.
Edward Cornell Professor of LawEndowed "chiefly through gifts of Mr. and Mrs. John Stainton and Mrs. Pompeo H. Maresi, members of the family of Edward Cornell," the Edward Cornell Professor of Law was established May 12, 1970: "In recognition of the distinguished career of Edward Cornell, LL.B. 1889, LL.M. 1890, in the field of corporation and business law, there is established an endowed chair in the School of Law of Cornell University, to be known as the Edward Cornell Professorship; and the professor who holds this chair is to be selected with preference for one who has attained distinction in that field of law." Edward Cornell was a senior partner in the firm of Davies, Auerbach, Cornell & Hardy, in New York City.
The first holder of the Edward Cornell Chair was Harry G. Henn LL.B. '43. Professor George A. Hay is the current Edward Cornell Professor of Law.
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative LawThe endowment for the Cromwell Professorship came to the Law School in 1949 as a legacy from William Nelson Cromwell, who stipulated in his Will that the original gift of $270,400 "be used for and applied to the School of Law and/or legal research." On January 26, 1950, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees voted to establish the William Nelson Cromwell Professorship of International Law; and on September 15, 1970, voted to reclassify the fund as "a permanently restricted endowment fund with income only to be used for support of the Professorship." William Nelson Cromwell was a founding partner of Sullivan and Cromwell.
Holders of the Cromwell Chair have included Arthur E. Sutherland, Jr., Gus H. Robinson, and Rudolf B. Schlesinger. Professor John J. Barceló III is the current William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative Law.
The first endowed professorial chair associated with the Jack G. Clarke Institute for the Study and Practice of Business Law, the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law was established in 2012 by Cornell University Foremost Benefactor, Trustee Emerita, and Presidential Councilor Franci J. Blassberg A.B. 1975, J.D. 1977, as a position befitting an established teacher and scholar whose research, publications, and teaching in the areas of corporate and business law are recognized as innovative, notable, and excellent.
The inaugural holder of the Distinguished Professorship in Corporate and Buisness Law is Lynn Stout.
James and Mark Flanagan Professorship of LawThe fund for the Flanagan Professorship was established in 1973 through a gift from the estate of Thomas Mark Flanagan, in combination with a gift from the estate of his brother, James G. Flanagan, who had predeceased him. Their mutual intention was for Cornell University to pool their respective gifts "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a fund for a Professorship in the Cornell Law School to be known as the James and Mark Flanagan Professorship."
The first James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law was Kevin Clermont. The Board of Trustees elected Sheri Lynn Johnson as the second James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law in October 2011.
Jane M. G. Foster Professor of LawJane M. G. Foster LL.B. 1918 established the endowment fund for this Chair in 1990 and built the endowment quickly with a series of gifts during 1991-1993. The Agreement Letter reads, in part, "The Jane M. G. Foster Professorship of Law ... may be awarded to any tenured professor in the Law School without any limitation on his or her subject matter specialty. In each case, before nominating a person to hold this chair, the then-Dean of the Law School shall review the facts of Miss Foster's life and will consider those facts in deciding whom to nominate to hold the chair."
Jane M. G. Foster graduated near the top of her Law School class (in which she was one of just two women) and, as editor-in-chief of Cornell Law Quarterly, was the first woman to serve in that capacity on any American law review. Despite her degree and demonstrated abilities, no law firm would hire her as an attorney. She worked as a legal assistant at the firm of Davies, Auerbach, and Cornell, in New York City, until 1929, developing expertise in corporate restructuring and watching as men of less experience were elected to partnership. Miss Foster subsequently applied her intelligence, diligence, and integrity to her personal investments, including an equity holding in the company that would become IBM.
Emeritus Professor and former Cornell Law School Dean Peter W. Martin was the first holder of the Jane M. G. Foster Chair.
Frank B. Ingersoll Professor of LawThe Board of Trustees voted to establish the Ingersoll Professorship on October 18, 1973, based on the terms of the Will of Frank B. Ingersoll LL.B. 1917, which stipulated that, upon the death of his last survivor, "the remaining principal of the trust property and any accrued or undistributed income shall be distributed to Cornell University, to be used for the benefit of its Law School." Frank Ingersoll was a charter member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Committee (est. 1959); a president of the Cornell Law Association; a member of the Cornell University Council; and a member of the Cornell Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and New York, respectively. While a student at the Law School, he was editor-in-chief of Cornell Law Review. As an attorney, Mr. Ingersoll was a partner in the Pittsburgh, PA, firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll, Rodewald, Kyle & Buerger. He was born in Pittsburgh, served in the U.S. Army during W.W.I., and during his professional career was director of the Union National Bank of Pittsburgh; the Armstrong Cork Company; the National Mine Services Company; and other firms.
The first holder of the Ingersoll Professorship was Robert S. Pasley. Subsequent Ingersoll Professors have included Ian R. MacNeil and the current holder, James A. Henderson, Jr.
Samuel F. Leibowitz Professor of Trial TechniquesSamuel F. Leibowitz LL.B. 1915 established the fund for this Professorship in 1973 and augmented it with a bequest that the Law School received in 1978. The letter agreement states, in part, "The area of concentration of such Professorship shall be the teaching of trial techniques and those legal skills required in the preparation and trial of litigated matters." Knowledgeable, meticulous in preparation, possessed of a vibrant voice and flamboyant style, Samuel Leibowitz was famous as a criminal-defense attorney in New York, having won acquittals in 77 of 78 first-degree murder cases and achieving a hung jury in the other. He defended the "Scottsboro Boys" against false accusations of rape in the second of their three trials, defying the racial and judicial bias of the Alabama courts. During the 1940s, Samuel Leibowitz served as a Justice on the New York State Supreme Court.
Holders of the Leibowitz Chair have included Irving Younger and Faust F. Rossi J.D. '60.
Henry Allen Mark Professor of LawHenry Allen Mark J.D. '35 initiated the endowment fund for this professorship in 1978 through a bequest agreement, and the professorship became active in 1996. Henry Allen Mark was a senior and managing partner of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, in New York City. He served as mayor of Garden City, New York; as a member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Council for 29 years; as president of the Cornell Law Association; and as a member of the Major Gifts Committee of the Annual Fund. Mr. Mark received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 1982-1983 and was recognized as a Foremost Benefactor of Cornell Law School. He established the Henry A. Mark Memorial Scholarship in 1959, in memory of his father, to provide full tuition to a student of "outstanding character, personality, and intellectual achievement."
William G. McRoberts Professor of Research in the Administration of the LawWilliam G. McRoberts established this professorship in 1953 by a bequest "for the endowment and support of a full professorship devoted to the continuous and scientific study of the Administration of the Law (in relation to Community Government and by the Courts). ... The purpose of such scientific study shall be to determine the quality of the administration of the law by the courts and public officials throughout the various states and communities and to determine the honesty or dishonesty of such administration. The whole subject matter to be dealt with and reported upon from the viewpoint, and with the idea of informing the public where the highest standards are set and the best results obtained and the reasons why and the causes or influences contributing to the results."
Holders of the McRoberts Chair have included Bertram Wilcox, Ernest Warren, and Robert S. Summers. Cynthia R. Farina was elected William G. McRoberts Professor of Research in the Administration of the Law by the Board of Trustees in October 2011.