Steven D. Clymer Adjunct Professor of Law (Spring term)
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Contact Information

Cornell Law School
253 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-5346
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Professional Biography

Steven D. Clymer is Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of New York. He was a permanent member of the Law School faculty from 1995 until 2010.

Professor Clymer began his legal career investigating police corruption as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, where he held several supervisory positions, including as Chief of the Criminal Division.

Professor Clymer has handled a number of high-profile cases as a federal prosecutor, including United States v. Koon, the successful federal prosecution of Los Angeles police officers charged in the beating of Rodney King. He has tried criminal cases in state courts in Pennsylvania and California, and in federal courts in New York and California. He also has briefed and argued cases in the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal.


B.A., Cornell University, 1980
J.D., Cornell Law School, 1983