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.
Amanda Jantzi joined Cornell Law School as an administrator in January 2020. Prior to working at Cornell, she was Assistant Director in the Office of Career Strategy at Washington & Lee University and Career Counselor at the University of Arizona College of Law. At W&L, she was the chief advisor for students pursuing public sector careers and she specialized in advising international students at the University of Arizona. As an attorney, she practiced with Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer’s capital markets group in their London headquarters.
She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Hobart & William Smith College in 2006, her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2010, and her M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education. In between college as law school, she worked as a political media consultant. At Cornell, she was an Articles Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. At UB, she interned both at the law school and in the judicial affairs office with undergraduates.
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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.
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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.
Entrepreneurship Law Clinic students recently met with Benjamin Plotke and Jiayan Wu (from left), the owners of Lev Kitchen.
The clinic began working with the Ithaca-based food service business in the spring of 2021, and has continued to help them sort through the regulations and permits required for an expanding restaurant. #Cornell.law.school #CornellLawSchool #CornellLawClinics @levkitchenco
On June 5, 2022, the government of Malawi issued a press release announcing that President Lazarus Chakwera had commuted the death sentences of 22 death row prisoners. The move came after years of campaigning by human rights advocates in Malawi and beyond, including a petition authored by two students of Cornell Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.
This year we celebrated 90 years of the Curia Society. Cornell Law Professor Nelson Tebbe was the featured speaker and presented “Originalism and the Roberts Court” during the annual dinner celebration.
History of Curia Society: founded in response to discrimination against Jewish Cornell Law students by legal fraternities that excluded them, they formed an unrestricted club. They named it “Curia” to implement Myron Taylor’s belief that law should serve a wide range of social needs.