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Reunion 2017 - June 8-10

Reunion 2017 is fast approaching and will be held on June 8-10, 2017.

Reunion Registration is NOW OPEN!  Click HERE to Register Online!  See Who's Coming!

We are pleased to bring you a fun filled weekend of events and activities and invite you to review the below schedule.  See our registration page for pricing and additional information. We also encourage you to book your hotel accommodations now as hotels fill up quickly - Reunion 2017 Hotel Blocks.

If you are interested in serving on your class' Reunion volunteer committee, there is still time to join. Please contact Kristine Hoffmeister at or 607-255-3037 for additional information on how to volunteer.

For additional information or questions regarding Reunion please call the Alumni Affairs office at 607.255.5251 or email us at


Reunion 2017 Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 8

2 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Reunion Registration

5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Guided Tour of the New Wing for Academic Instruction

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Reunion Welcome Reception with the Dean

Friday, June 9

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Reunion Registration

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - CLE Program "The Cloud, Metadata, Social Networking, and You: How Technology is Changing the Practice of Law"
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; Mark Williams, Digital Resources and Outreach Librarian, Lecturer in Law.
Attendees will receive 1 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.)

10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Guided Tour of the New Wing for Academic Instruction

10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Recorded Program - "Law, Technology & Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech" Featuring The Tech LLM Class of 2017
Stop in and catch a glimpse of the Tech LLM students as they share their experiences in being the inaugural class of this new degree program based in NYC. Moderated by David Schellhase, JD '90.

11 a.m. - 12 noon - Hughes Hall Renovation Presentation
Phase Two of the Myron Taylor Hall construction has begun. After the completion of the new academic wing, which provided three new state-of-the-art classrooms, a new Student Commons and an official front door to the Law School, construction did not stop. The renovation of Hughes Hall is well underway. Attend the presentation to hear why the renovations were needed and see the blueprints for the entire project.

P resented by: Kevin M. Clermont, Robert D. Ziff Professor of Law, and Richard Robinson, Associate Dean for Capital Projects

12 noon- 1:30 p.m. - Alumni and Faculty Luncheon
Enjoy a casual lunch with classmates and faculty members and catch up on news about the Law School.

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - State of the Law School Address by Eduardo M. Peñalver, The Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - CLE Program - "Business Ethics and the Law"  Sponsored by Johnson and Cornell Law School 
In the high-pressure worlds of business and law, all too often good people do bad things. In many cases, the unethical behavior is due in part to a toxic corporate culture. The attitudes, values, and practices that prevail in their organizations induce otherwise ethical employees to take actions that violate widely shared norms of conduct. Such behavior can be costly-even disastrous-leading to ruined careers, tarnished corporate reputations, and legal liability for the individuals and their companies.

In an environment where "only results matter," it can sometimes be difficult to recognize the risks. This session seeks to help understand how a firm's culture can tempt-or push-employees into unethical behavior. It also considers how employees can meet ethical challenges posed by their firms' cultures and what leaders can do to build ethically healthy cultures.

Presented by: W. Bradley Wendel, Professor, Cornell Law School and Author and Dana M. Radcliffe, Day Family Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Attendees are eligible to receive 1.5 hours of New York credit in the area of Ethics. (Attorneys who practice outside New York may be eligible for reciprocal CLE credit.)

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Johnson and Law School Joint Reunion Wine Tasting
Experience wines from New York State and around the world with Joe Thomas, Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean Emeritus, Johnson and Bradley Wendel, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School.

6:30 p.m. - Reunion Class Cocktail Receptions and Dinners
Enjoy a festive evening in the company of your fellow classmates and have your Reunion 2017 class photo taken.

Class Location
'52, '57 Statler Hotel
'62 The Home of Jon Minikes
'67 Myron Taylor Hall Atrium
'72 Statler Hotel
'77 Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
'82 Statler Hotel
'87 Simeons American Bistro
'92 Boat Yard Grill
'97 The Heights
'02 ZaZa's Cucina
'07 Mia Restaurant
'12 Madeline's

10 p.m. - 1 a.m. - Reunion Tent Parties in the Arts Quad
A Reunion 2017 button is required (no one under 21 admitted).

Saturday, June 10

8 :30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Reunion Registration

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Reunion Class Celebration Breakfast

10:30 a.m. - State of the University Address by Martha E. Pollack, President, Cornell University

10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Recorded Program - "Law, Technology & Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech" Featuring The Tech LLM Class of 2017
Stop in and catch a glimpse of the Tech LLM students as they share their experiences in being the inaugural class of this new degree program based in NYC. Moderated by David Schellhase, JD '90.

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - "Building Resilience"  Sponsored by Johnson and Cornell Law School
In business and law (and, life, for that matter), long-term success often requires an ability to function well in the face of obstacles and setbacks -- both those we anticipate and those we cannot. This session offers a framework for managing yourself through challenging conditions so that you can work effectively and lead effectively.
Presented by: Risa Mish, BS '85, JD '88, Professor of Practice of Management and Organizations, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

12:30 noon - 2:30 p.m. - Dinosaur Barbecue Lunch
Join alumni, faculty, and guests for this long-standing tradition! Enjoy an old-fashion family barbecue.

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. - "Building the Wall - Cornell Faculty Address Immigration Reform in America"
Cornell is an educational institution founded on Ezra Cornell's premise of "any person...any study." It has also been celebrated as the "first American university" by historian Frederick Rudolph. Enrolling international students since the university first opened, Cornell promotes access to education for all qualified students from any background and from around the world. How will current immigration reform affect Cornell?   Faculty experts examine immigration issues from local and national perspectives. 

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - "Women in Law Practice: Challenges and Opportunities"
While occupying nearly half of all seats in American law schools today, women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of law practice. The panel will discuss various challenges women lawyers face, and it will explore ways in which women can improve their chances of success and employers can increase retention and improve representation of women from many different backgrounds in more senior positions. Topics of discussion will include the impact of implicit bias, whether the structure of law firm practice itself poses challenges for women lawyers, business development, practice in a globalized world, and flexible work arrangements. A new organization for alumnae will be introduced at this panel.

Join moderator Sital Kalantry, AB '94, Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School and alumnae panelists Maria Fernandez, JD '92, Allison Harlow Fumai, AB '99, JD '02, Stephanie Sharron, JD '92, Rachel Skaistis, JD '97 and be part of this interactive program where your input will be measured through the use of real-time survey iClickers. Audience participation will enhance the discussion by calculating the audience's answers to general questions on the specific topics being discussed.

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Natural History Hike through Enfield Gorge
Pre-registration and an additional fee is required for this activity. Limited Seating.
The additional fee of $75 per person over age 12, $55 per child (6-12) includes transportation, guided hike and a snack. This tour is not recommended for children 5 years or younger and is moderately strenuous.
Join a local naturalist on a 2-hour guided exploration of Enfield Gorge in Robert Treman State Park. Enfield Gorge is a 1- mile loop hike through a spectacular gorge filled with flagstone stairs, bridges and of course, beautiful waterfalls. The path we follow is paved with flagstones and all the changes in altitude are steep flagstone staircases. During the walk, we provide background about the natural history of the gorge and the geologic history of upstate New York. This gorge, which many feel is as beautiful as any on the continent, affords us the opportunity to point out many examples of evidence of geologic history. At the end of the hike, we will treat you to a Finger Lakes-flavored experience of Purity Ice Cream or their freshly-baked muffins.
*Weather Alert! This tour will move forward if the weather is overcast or lightly raining. Ponchos and umbrellas will be provided. We will cancel the tour if weather conditions become unsafe, such as torrential rains, thunderstorms, or in the event of flood or ice warnings. Tour group will leave promptly at 3 p.m. from the registration desk in the Foyer of Myron Taylor Hall.
Pre-registration and an additional fee (noted above) is required for this activity.

5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Guided Tour of the New Wing for Academic Instruction

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. - All-Class Cocktail and Roving Dinner Reception
Join us for this final gathering under the tent. There will be cocktails and food stations. Not a stuffy sit down format, but an opportunity to mingle and visit with friends. There will be seating for when you need a table and chair, but you are free to wander at will. There will be a DJ and dancing as well and brief closing remarks from the dean.

10 p.m. - 1 a.m. - Reunion Tent Parties in the Arts Quad.
A Reunion 2017 button is required ( no one under 21 admitted).

For a full list of Cornell Reunion activities go to: and learn about recreational events including golf, campus bicycle tours, hikes, wine tasting and more. Be sure to add some playtime to your itinerary!