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.
In 2014, friends and alumni established two new endowed funds to support faculty research. To honor the memory of Cornell Law professor Theodore Eisenberg and his trailblazing scholarship in the "myth-busting" field of empirical legal studies, alumni, friends, and colleagues joined Drew Ranier, Esq., who provided a leadership gift to establish the Theodore Eisenberg Memorial Fund for Empirical Legal Studies. The Eisenberg Memorial Fund broadly supports empirical legal studies at Cornell Law School, including the creation and maintenance of data sets, collaborative work with visiting scholars, conferences, compensation for research assistants, and grants for Cornell Law students preparing empirical legal scholarship for publication.
Also in 2014, the William C. and Joyce C. O'Neil Charitable Trust established an endowed faculty research fund in honor of the memory of Judge Albert Conway (1889-1969), New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge. The Judge Albert Conway Memorial Fund for Legal Research supports scholarly research by a faculty member of Cornell Law School in an area of law important to the jurisprudence of Judge Conway, including legal ethics and professional responsibility; the administration of the courts; labor and employment law; civil rights, including free speech and freedom of religion; and the common law, including torts, contracts, and property. Trustee Hollis F. Russell, J.D. 1978, facilitated the establishment of this endowment at Cornell Law School in keeping with the intentions of the O'Neil Charitable Trust.
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. The 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.