On March 9, the Cornell community celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its annual Cook Awards with a luncheon in Willard Straight Hall. Among this year's honorees was Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for International Programs Elizabeth Brundige.
The Cook Awards are named in honor of the late Constance E. Cook '43, a trailblazing lawyer and Cornell's first woman vice president; and in honor of the late Professor Emeritus Alice E. Cook, founding member of the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. The award recognizes individuals for their commitment to women's issues at Cornell and beyond.
(From left, Elizabeth Brundige, Nozomi Nishimura, Laura Weiss, Jenny Wurster, James Barnes, Tara Holm, Harini Kannan, Interim President Hunter Rawlings, Poornima Padmanabhan, Vinisha Mittal, Anna Waymack, Agi Csaki, Nikita Gupta, Lila Greco, Cynthia Leifer, Susan Daniel and Smaranda Sandu attend the Constance E. Cook and Alice H. Cook Recognition Awards recognition March 9.)
Brundige is a leading figure in the Law School's efforts to advance women's rights. From 2012 to 2016, she was executive director of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice, where she promoted access to justice for women around the world by training female judges, conducting research on gender rights, and issuing reports on violations of women's human rights in New York, Argentina, India, and Zambia. She also founded the Law School's Global Gender Justice Clinic.
In addition to her international advocacy on behalf of women, Brundige promotes gender justice in the Cornell community and in Tompkins County. She has raised awareness by sponsoring campus events such as film screenings and panel discussions and has served as a mentor to dozens of students in her clinic. Among other accomplishments, she and her clinic students persuaded the Common Council of the City of Ithaca to adopt a resolution recognizing the right to be free from domestic violence as a human right.
In his nomination letter, Eduardo Peñalver, Allan R. Tessler Dean and professor of law, observed, "Professor Brundige is a role model for women at the Law School and in the University as a whole. She is devoted to her students and is committed to promoting gender justice at Cornell, in Tompkins County, and around the world."