“From the intense trial advocacy program to the personalized Lawyering (Legal Writing) classes in the first year, my oral and written advocacy skills have skyrocketed from being at the law school.”
Monet Thomas '23
FORUM Spring 2022
The latest issue of Cornell Law Forum magazine provides a retrospective on our highly successful series of Civil Discourse discussions on “difficult yet timely issues facing the nation,” as well as information about our 3+3 accelerated law degree program and faculty essays by Charles Whitehead and Menachem Rosensaft.
Experiential learning at Cornell Law School is a central part of our educational model. A robust set of clinical courses helps students move beyond the classroom into the world of practice; the Lawyering Program focuses on teaching the real-life skills employed by practicing attorneys, and externships around the country and across the globe put classroom learning into practice.
Cornell Law School offers one of the country’s oldest and most distinguished programs in international and comparative legal education. It features an outstanding faculty; a strong and diverse curriculum; internationally focused law clinics; visiting professors, scholars, and graduate law students from around the world; a leading journal of international and comparative law; active internationally focused student organizations; international speakers and conferences; international internships and externships; international dual degree and study abroad opportunities, and an acclaimed international and comparative law library collection. It is an exceptional place to study and engage with international and comparative law.
Lance Kaplan and Enrique Gonzalez '91 have been tapped to take over as co-chairs of the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2023, Fragomen announced Wednesday. Its founder and current chairman, Austin Fragomen, will transition to a chairman emeritus role.
George Washington Fields
Artist: Terry Plater, 2022
George Washington Fields was born into slavery. Majoring in law, he would become Cornell University’s first African American graduate in 1890.
In 1854, he entered the world on a plantation in Hanover Courthouse, the seat of Hanover County, Virginia. During July 5-8, 1863, his mother led her children on a dramatic escape from the plantation to Hampton, Virginia, which was in Union hands. He told the story in his inspiring autobiography, entitled Come On, Children.
He worked at various manual jobs, and then received an education at the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, Class of 1878. More work followed up North, culminating in a long stint as butler for Alonzo Cornell, Governor of New York and son of Ezra.
Next he entered Cornell University as a member of its new law department’s first class in September 1887. The law department was inadequately housed on the fourth floor of Morrill Hall, up under the roof. That building, Cornell’s first new construction, still stands on the southwest corner of the Arts Quad. His graduation photograph from 1890 was the basis of the portrait you now see.
After Cornell, George Washington Fields returned to Hampton, where he became a leading lawyer, and a very successful one, despite being blinded in an 1896 accident. He was prominent in racial matters and a devoted family man until his death in 1932.
Visiting professor, Michael L. Huyghue ’84, advises NFL on diversity hiring.
"For Huyghue, a sports business expert and former NFL general manager, teaching and mentoring at Cornell complement ongoing work he considers the most important of his career – advising the NFL on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in its hiring practices."