As the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year approaches, Cornell Law School announces five new faculty appointments. In addition to Beth Lyon, who will direct the newly founded Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, the arriving faculty are Celia Bigoness, Zachary D. Clopton, Andrei Marmor, and Cornell University’s new president, Elizabeth Garrett.
“I’m excited to be joining the Lawyering Program because it offers a unique opportunity for me to contribute to Cornell Law School by bringing my recent law practice experience to the classroom,” says Bigoness. “I can remember well the challenges that I faced as a junior law firm associate, and as I became a more senior lawyer, I took particular interest in working with new law school graduates who were facing the exact same challenges.”
She adds, “In particular, young lawyers need to learn how to analyze complex legal issues on tight deadlines-and as a crucial next step, how to communicate that analysis concisely and clearly not only to other lawyers, but also to clients who may have little familiarity with (or interest in) legal complexities. The Lawyering Program does an excellent job of preparing Cornell Law School graduates to make the transition from the academic world to legal practice, and I look forward to bringing my perspective to the Lawyering classroom.”
Clopton says, “I am thrilled to join the extraordinary community of scholars and students at Cornell Law School. Cornell is well known for its collaborative spirit and commitment to excellence, and I look forward to being a part of the intellectual community. I think that Cornell will be a fantastic place for my scholarship to develop, and I am excited to collaborate with faculty and students across the university. I also look forward to working with students in the classroom and in their efforts to begin their legal careers.”
Eduardo M. Peñalver, who became the Law School’s Allan R. Tessler Dean last July, says, “I was delighted that my first two hires as dean were Beth Garrett and Andrei Marmor-a new University president and a top-flight legal philosopher. I am very excited for what Beth will bring to the University as a whole, but also to the Law School. She has an astute understanding of the law school world, and she has already demonstrated an eagerness to interact with the Law School faculty and students. For example, she’ll be attending our orientation welcome lunch in August. Andrei’s arrival deepens Cornell’s presence in the world of legal philosophy. His joint appointment with the Philosophy Department will help build a strong bridge between the Law School and a discipline that has historically been one of the most important to the academic study of law.”