The Dean of Students Office is here to provide assistance during your career as a law student. We provide services and resources to support our students and plan and organize many events throughout the year including, but not limited to, diversity programs and wellness events.
Markeisha Miner joined Cornell Law School in July 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 has been active in several bar and community organizations. Her prior involvement and honors include selection for the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section Leadership Academy; the State Bar of Michigan’s Character & Fitness Committee; and, one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law.
She also 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 a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). She currently serves as the Northeast Region Representative for the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals and on the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation’s Board as well as the Board of Directors for the Scheinman Institute.
Chenay Weyble has enjoyed working with law students since joining Cornell Law School in 2012. As Director of Academic Support, Chenay trains law students on the new academic skills they’ll need to succeed in law school. Before moving to beautiful Ithaca, New York, Chenay thought she’d always live in South Carolina, and she graduated from the University of South Carolina for both her undergraduate and law degrees. In South Carolina, she clerked in the South Carolina Judicial Department for the Honorable (now Chief) Justice Donald W. Beatty of the South Carolina Supreme Court, South Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Jasper M. Cureton, and Court of Appeals Judge Carol Connor. Chenay served as a staff attorney in both the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Before working in the judicial department, Chenay practiced family and housing law for domestic violence shelter, Sistercare, Inc., and for Piedmont Legal Services.
Chenay lives in Ithaca with her husband, two teenagers, a cat, a dog, and a lizard. She enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, cooking, and watching movies.
We assist students seeking disability accommodations by serving as a liaison between the university’s Student Disability Services Office and the law faculty Administrative Committee, which (anonymously) reviews and decides upon accommodation requests.
We counsel students on a range of academic and personal matters. We support students in celebratory and challenging times. Students seeking support start with the Dean of Students Office and we will direct you to the most appropriate resources.
Cornell Law School is one of the most diverse top law school’s in the country. We host a variety of programs and initiatives to help students navigate differences and cultivate a culture of inclusion, beginning with Orientation. Annual events include Building Bridges: Intergroup Dialogue Project; Candid Conversations at Cornell; Annual Reception for Alumni and Students of Color; and a biannual Law Student Experience Survey to assess climate and students’ sense of belonging. Learn more about our legacy of diversity and inclusion.
We coordinate Orientation programming to introduce students to the vast resources available at the Law School and University, to help new students connect with their classmates as well as our faculty and staff, and to prepare students for what to expect in their classes.
Student organizations are central to student life and engagement in the Law School. We support more than 40 student organizations that host hundreds of programs a year with outside speakers from around the country and world.
The Dean of Students and Registrar’s offices help students navigate the bar exam certification process. The Dean of Students Office presents programs featuring state bar representatives and the bar exam coordinator in the Registrar’s Office helps students submit the forms their jurisdictions require.
Students who are concerned about institutional equity, discrimination, or sexual harassment or violence are encouraged to consult with the university’s Title IX Office and may report concerning conduct anonymously. Our office hosts informational programs with the Title IX Office at Orientation and throughout the year, as well as helps students access the resources that the office offers.
Law school, like the practice of law itself, provides an almost unique level of intellectual stimulation. However, it is also a demanding endeavor that requires enormous investments of time and effort, which can cause anxiety and related problems.
Among law schools, Cornell Law School is a leader in recognizing that teaching habits that foster good health and effective time and stress management skills are a critical part of legal education.
Whether cosponsoring weekly yoga with CLSA, or providing a quiet space for students with the Wellness Room in our office, hosting a Wellness Walks with the dean of students, or providing logistical support for Let’s Talk and Let’s Meditate, we are committed to helping students focus on all aspects of wellbeing. Healthy law students become healthy lawyers and we help you cultivate those healthy practices throughout your time with us.
Cornell Law students along with members of the Faculty Public Interest Committee, Career Development Office, and Public Interest Law Union, took a break from class yesterday to soak in the beautiful weather for a walk around Beebe Lake on the Cornell campus. #cornelllaw
“Participating in the First Amendment Clinic opened my eyes to the nuanced role of free speech and expression— it has highlighted how essential these liberties are for maintaining a robust democracy while navigating the challenges of our evolving social landscape.”
Sabrina Palacios ’24 detailed her experience with First Amendment Clinic. Learn more about the clinic and Cornell’s year-long celebration of the Freedom of Expression in the link on our bio.
On September 7, Cornell Law School hosted “The Fundamentals of Freedom of Expression” to kick-off the 2023-24 theme year: “The Indispensable Condition: Freedom of Expression at Cornell." https://bit.ly/3PdY05Y
Maria Giovanna Jumper ’24 is in Warsaw, Poland, today presenting work from the advanced Transnational Disputes Clinic at the European Consultation on Strategic Litigation & Legal Advocacy for Refugee and Migrant Rights. Jumper is presenting select projects from the clinic, including the amicus work in Mexico last spring on the implementation of the Title 42 border policy and work advocating on behalf of Afghani detainees at Camp Bondsteel. The Consultation involves litigators from around Europe, representatives from refugee groups, and representatives from NGOs and other advocacy groups working to support migrant and refugee rights. #cornelllawclinics
The Consultation is sponsored by the Global Strategic Litigation Council, which is cohosted by Cornell.
Tonight, Cornell Law was pleased to host a panel discussion to kick off @Cornell’s year-long series "The Indispensable Condition: Freedom of Expression at Cornell." Moderated by Professor Gautam Hans, the panel featured Professors Michael Dorf and Nelson Tebbe, along with Karen Levy, professor in the Department of Information Science in @CornellCIS. The panelists discussed a variety of issues, including First Amendment protections for speech and assembly, challenges applying those protections in a democratic and pluralistic society, and the ways speech principles play out in a rapidly changing digital world.
A unique and integral part of J.D. Orientation is a morning spent at the Hoffman Challenge Course, one of the largest collegiate challenge courses in the country, with over 50 low and high ropes elements.