Cornell Law School Office of Public Service Short

Contact the Office of Public Service

Office location:  Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Directions to Law School

Phone:  (607) 255-1458
Fax:  (607) 255-9844

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday

To Make an Appointment:  Contact Molly Brewton, Administrative Assistant

Professional Staff Biographies

Karen Comstock
Assistant Dean for Public Service
Room 145
(607) 255-3597

Assistant Dean Comstock provides career counseling to students and alumni on all aspects of the public sector job search, organizes programs to educate students about legal career opportunities, manages the Cyrus Mehri Public Interest speaker series, and develops employer contacts and job search resources. She also organizes pro bono projects, and oversees fundraising efforts for Law School public interest programs, including the Public Interest Low Income Protection Plan.  Assistant Dean Comstock serves as an adjunct professor of law for the law school's summer externship program.

Prior to April 2004 she was the Assistant Dean for Career Services. From 1989-1994 Assistant Dean Comstock held the position as Brooklyn Law School’s first Public Interest Coordinator. Previous experience includes work with the New York Public Interest Research Group, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the Office of the U.S. Senate Legal Counsel, and a 1984 Ralph Nader voter education project.  In 2008-2009 she chaired the Public Service Section of the National Association of Law Placement.  She is a long-standing member of the NALP GLBT Committee and the Association of American Law School’s sections on Student Services and Public Interest and Pro Bono Opportunities.

Assistant Dean Comstock is a certified mediator with the NYS Unified Court System and a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. She received her B.S. in 1984 and J.D. in 1989 from the State University of New York at Buffalo.