This summer, the Law School welcomes two new members to its leadership staff, Dean of Students Markeisha Miner and Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Monica Ingram.
Miner comes to Cornell Law from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, where she served as assistant dean of career services and outreach, overseeing all aspects of career planning and professional development. Previously, she practiced as a commercial litigator in Dickinson Wright PLLC's Detroit office, where she was an inaugural member of the firm's diversity committee and co-authored the firm's diversity mission statement. She also clerked for the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Miner is a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and has served on the board of trustees for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation and the board of directors for Alternatives for Girls. She is active in several bar and community organizations, including the American Bar Association's Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, which selected her for its 2008-2009 Leadership Academy; the State Bar of Michigan, where she served on the Character & Fitness Committee; and, the Wolverine Bar Association, which honored her with its Margrette A. Taylor Distinguished Young Lawyer Award in 2007. The Michigan Chronicle named her as a Young History Maker in 2010, and Michigan Lawyers Weekly honored her as one of its 2013 Women in the Law.
"I am honored to join the Cornell Law School community," says Miner. "It is exciting to be a part of this engaged, dedicated, collegial team of faculty, administrators, and staff, who are united in the pursuit of one goal: ensuring that our students have the most rewarding experience possible. I look forward to meeting all of our students once the school year begins and to building on the school's strong tradition of student service."
Ingram joins the Law School after more than a decade at the University of Texas School of Law, where she ran the office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Prior to that, she worked as a staff attorney in the Investigations and Enforcement Department of the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, which is the licensing agency for Texas teachers. She then served as a staff attorney representing the Texas Association of School Boards, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to school board members across the state.
She has extensive board service, including membership on the BARBRI Advisory Board, Law School Admission Council, Austin Black Lawyers Association, Austin Bar Association (where she serves on the Diversity in the Profession Committee), National Bar Association, Student Leaders Pursuing Law Advisory Board, St. James Episcopal School, and the Austin Children's Shelter. She also currently serves as an American Corporate Partners mentor to a military service member transitioning from active duty service. Monica has received the Chicano Hispanic Law Association Gavel of Leadership and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society Dedication and Commitment Award.
“Cornell is a special place,” Ingram observes. “I have known that since I started recruiting from the undergraduate campus thirteen years ago. Last year, on a whim, I decided to stroll through the Law School, and the impression I received affirmed to me how special the Law School is as well. Less than a year later, an opportunity arose for me to join its leadership staff.”
She adds, “The caliber and reputation of Cornell’s law faculty is legendary. The students are known to be without peer. Those qualities, coupled with an opportunity to work with a visionary dean, almost at the beginning of his tenure, made for an opportunity too great to ignore.”