Professor Cornell directs the Labor Law Clinic at the Law School.
Prior to joining the faculty, Ms. Cornell was a partner at Peifer & Cornell, LLP, a small labor and employment law firm in New Mexico. She is recognized as a specialist in labor and employment law by the Board of Legal Specialization in New Mexico. She has extensive union-side labor law experience as well as considerable employment law experience, and has litigated in the following areas: Family and Medical Leave Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; race, national origin and sex (disparate treatment and sexual harassment) discrimination; First Amendment retaliation; and Title IX.
Until she relocated in New York, she was a Labor Commissioner serving on the tripartite New Mexico Labor and Industrial Commission, which hears appeals from the Labor and Industrial Division. She also served on the Albuquerque Personnel Board adjudicating appeals of employees terminated or subjected to severe discipline and advising the City on related policy matters pursuant to the Merit System Ordinance. Ms. Cornell has also worked in international human rights and represented low-income immigrants for six years.
Professor Cornell has a joint appointment with the Law School and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).