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Charles D. Cramton, Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies

Charles D. Cramton - Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies

Charles D. Cramton
Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies
Room 109

Charles D. Cramton is currently the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies at Cornell Law School, a position he has held since the fall of 2000. Prior to that time, he was the Assistant Dean for Alumni & International Affairs at Cornell Law School. He is responsible for the school’s extensive LL.M. program (60-65 foreign lawyers per year), J.S.D. program, visiting doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows. In the past he has also been involved with Cornell Law School’s joint degree programs with foreign law schools, visiting scholars and visiting foreign faculty, and the Summer Institute in Paris, France jointly sponsored with the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Over the past 14 years he has been one of the school’s primary contacts with the American Bar Association on matters of accreditation for the school’s international programs and is a past chair of the American Association of Law Schools’s Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers. At Cornell he is a member of the Cornell International Educational Network, serving as the network’s chair in 2003-04. From October 2000 through September 2005, he served as one of 16 members of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. He has been an active member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, first as a member and as chair of the committee from 2004-2007. In May of 2005 he was appointed by the president of the NYSBA to the Association’s "Special Committee on the Bar Examination," a committee charged with evaluating the effectiveness of the current bar examination process in New York.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association of Law Schools, the National Association for Law Placement, the New York State Bar Association and the Tompkins County Bar Association. Prior to coming to Cornell, he was in private practice for over ten years in Rochester, New York, concentrating on corporate and business law.

Dean Cramton received his A.B. in 1978 from Cornell University, his M.A. in 1980 in legal history from the University of Virginia, and his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1983. He is admitted to practice in New York and in both the U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Dawne Peacock
Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies
Assistant Director
Room 105

Patricia Hall
Graduate & International Programs
Program Assistant
Room 115