Office of the Dean of Students Staff Biographies
Associate Dean and Dean of Students
165 Myron Taylor Hall
Dean Lukingbeal has been an administrative dean at Cornell for twenty-seven years. Areas of responsibility have included admissions, financial aid, the registrar's office, the academic support office, and the career services office. Dean Lukingbeal served as a member of the Law School Admission Council Board of Trustees from 1984-1986. She has been active in the AALS section on prelegal education and admission to law school, serving as that group's chair in 1984-85. In 1992 she was appointed to the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence and was a member of the committee's working group on character and fitness issues. She was a member of the Bar Admission Committee of the Section on Legal Education for 1994-1998. In 1999, she received the Cook Award from Cornell University for her efforts on behalf of women. In 2005, the AALS Section on Student Services chose her for the Kutulakis Award for outstanding service.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Dean Lukingbeal received her undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University (with distinction) in 1972 and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1975. From 1975-78 she served as a trial attorney in the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. She is a member of the California bar (inactive status).
John R. DeRosa
Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services
144A Myron Taylor Hall
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.