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Reunion 2015 - June 4-6

Reunion 2015 was a fun filled weekend with over 500 Alumni and guests in attendance!  We hope you enjoyed returning to campus and visiting with old classmates. If you missed reunion we hope to see you next time!  View the 2015 Reunion photo gallery in Flickr.  Reunion 2016 information will be posted here in the near future.

2015 See Who's Coming (*Note -to sort this list click on the header column - ex: degree - to make it easier to find your classmates.)

See who served on your class' Reunion volunteer committee. The Reunion 2015 weekend schedule is below.  (If you are interested in serving on your class reunion volunteer committee for the 2016 reunion please contact Deborah Stillman at dl19@cornell.edu or 607-255-3408.)

Several Reunion classes set up Facebook pages. Please feel free to join and visit your class page often!

For additional information or questions please call the Alumni Affairs office at 607.255.5251 or email us at law.alumni.reunion@cornell.edu

2015 Reunion Program:

Thursday, June 4

Reunion Registration

1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Foyer, Myron Taylor Hall

Guided Tour of the New Wing for Academic Instruction

5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Meet at the Registration Desk in the Foyer, Myron Taylor Hall

A guide will walk you through our beautiful new space. Tours are also offered on Friday and Saturday.

Reunion Welcome Reception with the Dean - All Invited

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
New Wing, Myron Taylor Hall

Kickoff Reunion Weekend and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres with alumni, friends, and faculty. All alumni, guests and family members are welcome!

Friday, June 5

Lab of Ornithology Bird Walk

7 a.m. & 9 a.m.
Guided bird walk departing from Morgens Observatory. For more information, please call the Lab of Ornithology at 607.254.2473.

Reunion Registration

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Foyer, Myron Taylor Hall

CLE program -- "The Cloud, Metadata and Social Networking: How Technology is Changing the Practice of Law"

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Room 184, Myron Taylor Hall .
The traditional practice of law has been impacted by rapid changes in available technologies. This program will discuss and analyze how the evolving technology landscape is changing practice and how new technologies can be used in the practice of law. Data security and cloud computing issues will be analyzed. Ethical issues will be considered including those relating to proper use of technology and data management. Electronic communications and social networking tools will also be explored.

Presented by Dan Blackaby, Technology Services Librarian, Lecturer in Law; Amy Emerson, Assistant Director for Administration & Access Services, Lecturer in Law; Mark Williams, Outreach & Scholarly Services Librarian, Lecturer in Law.

CLE PRESENTATION        CLE MATERIALS

Attendees will receive 1.0 NY CLE credit in the area of Skills and .5 in Ethics. (Attorneys who practice outside New York may be eligible for reciprocal CLE credit.)

Guided Tour of the New Wing for Academic Instruction

10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Meet at Registration Desk in the Foyer, Myron Taylor Hall

A guide will walk you through our beautiful new space. Tours are also offered on Thursday and Saturday.

Law School Open House

11 a.m. - 12 noon
Gould Reading Room, Library, Myron Taylor Hall
Join us for an Open House and visit with faculty while also learning about the unique programs and clinics that are key to Cornell Law School's success.

  • Alumni-Helping-Alumni
  • Avon Global Center for Women and Justice
  • Berger International Legal Studies Program
  • Career Services
  • Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute
  • Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies
  • Clarke Middle East Legal Studies Program
  • Cornell Death Penalty Project
  • Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative
  • Cornell Law Library
  • Legal Information Institute
  • Office of Public Service

The Cornell Law Alumni and Faculty Luncheon

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
The Purcell Courtyard Tent, Myron Taylor Hall
Enjoy a casual lunch with classmates and faculty members and catch up on news about the Law School.

State of the Law School Address by Eduardo M. Peñalver, AB `94, The Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Room 184, Myron Taylor Hall

"Business and Law in the Digital Age: How are New and Emerging Technologies Creating New Challenges and Opportunities in Business and Law"

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room 184, Myron Taylor Hall
Panelists: Eduardo M. Peñalver, AB '94, The Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law; Soumitra Dutta, Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of Johnson; Oskar Liivak, Professor of Law and Douglas Stayman Associate Professor of Marketing
Co-sponsored by: Johnson and Cornell Law School

Reunion Class Cocktail Receptions and Dinners

6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a festive evening in the company of your fellow classmates and have your Reunion 2015 class photo taken.

'50 & '55 - Statler Hotel
'60 - The A.D. White House
'65 - Myron Taylor Hall New Academic Wing
'70 - Taughannock Farms Inn
'75 - Statler Hotel
'80 - The Heights Café and Grill
'85 - Boatyard Grill
'90 - Coltivare
'95 - Madeline's Restaurant
'00 - Myron Taylor Hall Commons
'05 - Northstar
'10 - ZaZa's

Half Century Club Members will dine at the Statler.

Reunion Tent Parties

10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Arts Quad
A Reunion 2015 button is required (no one under 21 admitted).

Saturday, June 6

Reunion Run

8:00 a.m.
F. R. Newman Arboretum, Cornell Plantations
Please refer to the university reunion website at alumni.cornell.edu/reunion for details.

Reunion Registration

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Foyer, Myron Taylor Hall

Reunion Class Celebration Breakfast

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
The Purcell Courtyard Tent, Myron Taylor Hall

State of the University Address by President David J. Skorton

10:30 a.m. Bailey Hall

Dean Anne Lukingbeal Presents "Changes at The Cornell Law School 1978-2014"

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Room 184, Myron Taylor Hall
Join former Associate Dean and Dean of Students Anne Lukingbeal as she presents her perspective on the changes that have occurred at Cornell Law since she arrived on the scene in 1978.

Reunion Barbecue Lunch

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
The Purcell Courtyard Tent, Myron Taylor Hall

"Experience the Fingerlakes: Cayuga Wine Trail West Taste and Learn"

12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
Meet at the Registration Desk in the Foyer, Myron Taylor Hall
Pre-registration and an additional $99 fee is required for this activity.
Limited seating.

The additional price of $99.00 includes the transportation, tasting fees, special food pairings, and a boxed lunch. Tour group will leave promptly at noon from the registration desk in the Foyer of Myron Taylor Hall.

Enjoy a unique experience on the Cayuga Wine Trail. The afternoon begins at Cayuga Ridge Winery, where the owner will take you on a private, behind-the-scenes tour and tasting accompanied by a hand selected local cheese. Next up is Hosmer Vineyard where you will sample locally-made chocolate designed exclusively for pairing with Hosmer's wines. Last winery of the day is Sheldrake Point Vineyards where you will explore a number of their award-winning wines culminating with a sample of their traditional ice-wine paired with biscotti. This tour culminates with a stop at the beautiful Taughannock Falls overlook.

Fun in the Sun

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Arts Quad (rain or shine)
Fun in the sun is a university-wide, two hour family carnival featuring an inflatable obstacle course, laser tag, art projects, volleyball, sno cones, cotton candy and more!

"In House Council are from Venus, Outside Counsel are from Mars"

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Room 184, Myron Taylor Hall

When looking to form a working relationship between in house and outside counsel what makes you want to "put a ring on it" and what are your biggest "pet peeves".
Moderated by: Maria Fernandez, JD '92, Senior Counsel, IBM
With Panelists: William Casazza, JD '85, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Aetna Inc.; Mary Gail Gearns, JD '85, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Amy Mudge, JD '95, Partner, Venable LLP; David Schellhase, JD '90, Chief Operating Officer, Stealth Start-Up

"The Emancipation Proclamation: Did it Really Free Any Slaves?"

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room 184, Myron Taylor Hall

Edward E. Baptist is an Associate Professor of History at Cornell University whose scholarship focuses on the history of the 19th-century United States, and, in particular, on the history of the enslavement of African Americans in the South. William J. Harris, Sr., MA `06, Ph.D. `15 is a member of the History Department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, teaching a variety of courses in U.S. history and matters of race and violence in the American experience.

Together they will lead the discussion that questions the commonly held notion that the Emancipation Proclamation freed American slaves. Professor Baptist achieved recent notoriety after a review in "The Economist" (that was subsequently withdrawn) criticized his book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism," because it depicted almost all blacks as victims and almost all whites villains and seemingly failed to provide more of the slaveholders' perspective. Professor Harris recently completed his Ph.D. with a dissertation entitled, "Community and (Dis)Order in Antebellum Mississippi: Identity and Violence in the Making of a Mississippi Slave Society." His interest in this project centers on constructions of identity (self and "other") and the ways in which groups use violence and fear as tools for constructing and challenging the formation of communities.

Join us in Myron Taylor Hall, room 184, for what promises to be a riveting discussion.

Co-sponsored by: Cornell Black Lawyers Alumni Network (CBLAN), Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA), MOSAIC and the Cornell Law School

Guided Tour of the New Wing for Academic Instruction

5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Meet at the Registration Desk in the Foyer, Myron Taylor Hall

A guide will walk you through our beautiful new space. Tours are also offered on Thursday and Friday.

All-Class Cocktail Reception and Dinner Dance

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Purcell Courtyard Tent, Myron Taylor Hall
After 37 years at Cornell Law School we will be honoring recently retired Associate Dean and Dean of Students, Anne Lukingbeal, for her numerous and varied contributions and especially for her wonderful years of dedicated service to students.

Reunion Tent Parties

10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Arts Quad
A Reunion 2015 button is required (no one under 21 admitted).