After a decade as the Allan R. Tessler Dean of Cornell Law School, Stewart J. Schwab will transfer his leadership to a new dean in June 2014. Schwab’s second term as dean ends in December, but he has agreed to stay on for the spring term as the school prepares for the appointment of a new dean. A nationwide search to fill the position will soon be underway.
Cornell University Provost Kent Fuchs is assembling a search committee comprised primarily of Cornell Law faculty members and chaired by Senior Vice Provost John Siliciano, a member of the Law School faculty who has led most of the university’s dean-level searches in recent years. The firm of Spencer Stuart, which has successfully assisted Cornell in several recent searches, will provide support.
“I have enjoyed my time as dean," says Schwab. "Cornell Law has a collegial faculty that sees the best in each other; students who are talented, hardworking, and enjoy learning the law; and loyal alumni who lead lives of distinction and are dedicated to improving the school. These factors have let us accomplish many things over the last decade.”
Schwab, a faculty member of the Law School since 1983, was appointed dean in 2004. During his leadership, he has worked to renew and grow the Law School’s faculty, enhance the school’s connections across campus, and initiate the first major renovations to Myron Taylor Hall in twenty-five years. Some other Law School developments under Schwab’s leadership:
- the most successful fundraising year in the history of the Law School, 2012
- the expansion of the school’s business law curriculum with new deals and transactional law classes
- the creation of new clinical studies opportunities in securities law, labor law, LGBT rights, and juvenile justice
- the launch of several new programs, institutes, and projects at the forefront of legal thought, including the Clarke Business Law Institute, the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative, the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice, the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa, and the expansion of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies
- the establishment and expansion of exchange partnerships with some two dozen universities around the world
Dean Schwab plans to return to the Cornell Law faculty after a sabbatical in the 2014-15 term.