“Cornell has truly refined my litigation skills. 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.”
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."