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Larry Bush, Executive Director of the Clarke Center, Retires

Ithaca, NEW YORK, July 8, 2012
On July 1, 2012, Cornell Law bid farewell to Larry S. Bush, retiring after a decade as the Executive Director of the Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies.

“We will be forever in his debt,” says John J. Barceló III, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative Law and Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director of the Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program. “Everyone who has worked with Larry over these years has come away with extraordinary admiration for his many talents and affection for him personally.”

Prior to his arrival at Cornell in 2002, Bush served as acting dean and associate dean for academics at the University of Mississippi and taught at its law school, held a Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Bucharest, and founded and directed the Cambridge Summer Session. He has lectured, led workshops, and conducted international labor rights seminars for trade union members as well as employer representatives from Romania, Serbia, and Thailand.

During Bush’s directorship of the Clarke Center, more than 1,100 students from Cornell and around the world studied at the school’s Paris Summer Institute; more than 300 Cornell Law students spent a semester abroad at one of its twenty-two partner schools or elsewhere; almost 200 foreign exchange students came to the Law School; and forty-five Cornell Law students earned graduate degrees from the school’s foreign dual-degree partners.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed a rewarding ten years at the Law School with such a strong faculty and so many gifted students,” says Bush. “It has been a privilege to work with, among others, our amazing registrar, Nan Colvin, and my talented and dedicated colleagues at the Clarke Center, Dawne Peacock and Patricia Hall. Although we have done many interesting and, I hope, valuable things over the past decade, I personally treasure the opportunity to help students grow in their understanding of law through study abroad.”

What awaits Bush in his retirement? “With luck, it will be something exciting and very different. There’s a whole wonderful world out there.”

-- Owen Lubozynski