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Office of the Dean of Students Staff Biographies

Markeisha J. Miner
Dean of Students
165 Myron Taylor Hall
(607) 255-5839

Markeisha Miner joined Cornell Law School on July 1, 2015 as Dean of Students. Previously, she served as Assistant Dean of Career Services and Outreach at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, overseeing all aspects of career planning and professional development. Prior to that, 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, and clerked for the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Markeisha earned her B.A., magna cum laude, at Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School. As a law student, she served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Placement Chair of the Black Law Student Alliance, and a student attorney in Michigan's Legal Assistance for Urban Communities Clinic, where she assisted community development organizations in Detroit with their transactional legal needs. She also completed an externship at the Commission on Gender Equality in Durban, South Africa. 

Markeisha 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. In 2010, the Michigan Chronicle named her as a Young History Maker, and Michigan Lawyers Weekly honored her as one of its 2013 Women in the Law. 

She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation and the Board of Directors for Alternatives for Girls. Markeisha is also a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).

John R. DeRosa
Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services
144A Myron Taylor Hall
(607) 255-9982

Dean DeRosa's responsibilities encompass both student and career services. He provides personal and academic counseling to students, advises the law school's many student organizations on financial and other matters and coordinates both orientation and graduation for all J.D. students. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law for the law school's summer judicial externship program. Currently, he is the Chair-Elect of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Student Services.

Dean DeRosa also oversees the Career Services Office - providing comprehensive career counseling to students and alumni while managing the Law School's job fair and on-campus recruiting program. He has been an active member of the National Association for Law Placement ("NALP") for over a decade. Recent NALP activities include serving as a Northeast Regional Coordinator and on the Annual Conference Planning Committee during 2005-06, co-presenting a program on ethics and recruiting at the 2005 NALP Education Conference and serving on the 2004-2005 Professional Development Committee and the 2004 Nominating Committee.

Dean DeRosa practiced corporate law in New York City from 1992 to 1995 while a member of the New York and New Jersey bars. He graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.