Cynthia R. Farina

William G. McRoberts Research Professor in Administration of the Law, Emerita
Cynthia Farina
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901


Rachel Liseno
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Cynthia Farina a nationally known scholar of the administrative process. She has taught and conducted research in the areas of administrative law and electronic government, the presidency, and due process and separation of powers. She also served as principal researcher in the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI), working with agencies in the Departments of Transportation and Commerce on theoretical and applied research, funded by the National Science Foundation, to improve agency management of and public access to e-rulemaking.

Professor Farina has served as reporter on a number of national administrative law projects, including on a blue-ribbon cross-disciplinary committee who studied the emerging federal e-rulemaking system, to make recommendations to Congress and the new Administration. She was also one of the reporters of the European Union Project, where she assessed the EU's use of the Internet to increase transparency of, access to, and participation in the Union's very complex government processes. For many years, Professor Farina was co-author of the leading casebook in administrative law and has published numerous articles in her areas of expertise. She is a Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States as well as a Lifetime Fellow of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Following her graduation summa cum laude from Boston University School of Law, Professor Farina clerked for the Hon. Raymond J. Pettine, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island, and for the Hon. Spottswood Robinson, III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She spent three years as a litigator in private practice before joining the Cornell Law School faculty.


B.A., summa cum laude, Ursinus College, 1976
J.D., summa cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1980