Research funds are endowments designated by the Board of Trustees of Cornell University to support research accomplished in the Law School. Donors are encouraged to establish such endowed funds to promote scholarly research in the area of study or legal specialization of their choice.
Existing research funds in Cornell Law School include the Homer Strong Research Fund, established in honor of Homer Strong, LL.B. 1897; the William G. McRoberts Professor of Research in the Administration of the Law; and a gift from Roger C. Hyatt, LL.M. 1913. The Milton and Eleanor Gould Endowment Fund, established in 1980; the Leo Nevas Fund, in support of human rights and honoring Leo Nevas, J.D. 1936; and the Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Endowment Fund, which benefits the Berger International Legal Studies Program at Cornell Law School, also provide funds to support faculty research.
Most comprehensively, the Walter T. Southworth, A.B. 1925, LL.B. 1927, Faculty Research Fund provides support to the educational research programs of Cornell Law School. Tthe donor's intention is that the Allan R. Tessler Dean use the income from the fund to promote faculty research and generally enhance the development of the school.